Watch out for PayPal scamsters

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A CONCERNED resident has warned computer users to be on the lookout for scam emails purporting to be from internet payment company PayPal.

The fraud sees the victim receive an email offering to “help resolve an issue with your account” and contains an official-looking PayPal logo.

The user is asked to click on a link and then told to provide personal banking details which can be used by criminals to empty debit and credit card accounts.

The Lenzie resident told the Herald: “I don’t use PayPal so I knew this was a scam.

“I wanted to warn people to be on their guard. I’ve passed a copy of the email onto the police.”

A PayPal spokesperson said that the particular scam was easily recognised as it uses the salutation ‘Dear valued PayPal Customer’, while genuine PayPal emails always include the person’s full name.

The spokesperson added: “If you think you have experienced PayPal fraud or if you have received a PayPal scam via email such as this, forward the entire email to spoof@paypal.com, and delete it from your email account.”