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Murraylands Man Loses $8K to PayPal Scam

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Police are issuing a warning after a Murraylands resident lost thousands of dollars to a PayPal phone scam.

On Tuesday 20 July a local man received a text message stating that PayPal had money to refund onto his account.

The victim clicked on a link which allowed scammers remote access to his device and online bank account, where they stole over $8,000.

Although this is not a new scam, it continues to catch out a diverse range of unsuspecting victims. Instead of clicking on links in emails and texts, it is safer to go to an original legitimate source.

PalPay’s website provides information about identifying hoax websites and phishing emails: https://www.paypal.com/au/webapps/mpp/phishing as well as providing advice about security when buying or selling online.

Tips:

  • Never follow a link in an email by clicking on a link in a test message – access PayPal by typing www.paypal.com.au into your browser.
  • When accessing PayPal check for the security icon (padlock) at bottom right of your browser and make sure it is "locked".
  • Forward suspect emails to PayPal and they will confirm whether it is genuine or a scam.

You can also report a scam to SCAMwatch (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) online: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/reportascam/

If you have been the victim of cybercrime the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN – www.acorn.gov.au) is a secure reporting and referral service for online incidents which may be in breach of Australian law.

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