Even though it was the Monday after the Super Bowl, waking up this morning, I still had the routine relatively intact. I was awoken by my alarm clock, debated on hitting the snooze button, but instead turned over, reaching for my phone to check my e-mail.
To my surprise, amongst the morning briefings, consumer complaints, and check-ins from my mother, there sat an e-mail from PayPal; a service I’ve recently used holiday shopping.
The e-mail’s subject line came forth as a Transaction ID number, while also stating I have made a refundable payment (if I refund it within a 24 hour period). The body of the e-mail followed, telling me that I made a transfer payment of, get this, $43,00 USD. That’s a lot of money, (…maybe?) I thought to myself, as I continued to look down the email.
As you can see, this plainly looks like a scam as it puts forth all of the suspicions. Shaky language, typos, barely any information. However, I still became startled when reviewing this email, as I saw a dollar amount (sort of) and I had used PayPal more recently than not. When looking at the sender information, I realized that PayPal was the namesake, however, the address came from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personally, I left the email alone and contacted PayPal directly. I also went to their fake e-mail spotting page in Customer Support, here. If you get an e-mail like this be sure to handle it safely and correctly. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding this matter.