Have you recently got the following types of text messages in the name of PayPal?
“Pay-Pal Security Alert: You have made a PAYMENT of €399. 99 EUR for Card. If it’s not you Please call immediately TFN: (+61) 1800-491-587 Thank you.”
If you have got messages similar to the above examples, then you should know those are phishing messages send with the intention to scam you. That’s why you should not click any link provided on such messages (if provided any), or download anything from such messages, or call the number provided on such messages, or reply to such messages, or follow any instruction provided on such messages.
You may also get slightly different kinds of messages but if those messages look similar to the above example, then definitely you should delete those messages.
If you ever get confused and want to know either the message you received is a scam or legit, then you can contact the respective companies by directly going through their official website. For example, if you got a message in the name of PayPal, then you should contact PayPal to confirm the legitimacy of that message.
The main motive of these kinds of fraudulent messages is to steal your personal information which they will try to do in the following ways:
By asking you to reply to them or call them back. If you respond to them, then they will trick you to submit your personal details.
By asking you to click the malicious link provided on the message which can hack your device.
By tricking you to submit your credentials on the clone sites that look exactly similar to the renowned legit sites but with different domain names.
Now you may be thinking about what they will do with your personal information, right? Well, they can sell that to third parties and make money out of that. If they got your credit card information or other payment processor details, they can directly steal your money.
Now you know that “Pay-Pal Security Alert: You have made a PAYMENT of €399. 99 EUR for Card. If it’s not you Please call immediately TFN: (+61) 1800-491-587 Thank you.” text messages are nothing other than fake messages. So, if you want to make your friends and families aware of this scam, then please feel free to share this post through your social media accounts.
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