Urgent warning over easily-believable PayPal scam which sees shoppers warned they’ve been swindled out of $1,500
- Scam was widely circulating on Sunday afternoon, targeting PayPal users
- Users sent a text message, then told to call a ‘Support line’ to confirm transaction
- Police said to ‘delete the message, and to independently source contact details’
A easily-believable scam has seen innocent Australians possibly fall victim to a fraudster impersonating PayPal.
Scamwatch received more than 150 reports of a rogue text message widely circulating on Sunday afternoon, with the fake SMS ‘informing’ people with registered PayPal accounts they had recently made a purchase of $1,500.
Potential victims were then told to call a support-line to clarify the supposed transaction.
PayPal is a global system used by million of users – including in Australia – for online money transfers.
The bogus scam (pictured) that many PayPal users in Australia received on Sunday afternoon
The NSW Police Force were stern with their advice, telling people to ‘delete the message and do not call them back’ (stock image)
Taking to their Facebook page, the NSW Police Force were stern with their advice.
‘Delete the message and do not call them back,’ they wrote in a community minded post.
‘Always independently source contact details for organisations from their official webpage.’
A number of people responded to the alert on the NSW Police social media page, detailing their own experiences as well as sharing the bogus message.
One woman wrote she has ‘received automated phone calls from PayPal, ATO and Amazon. Ignored them. Contacted my bank when I found my visa card was blocked.
‘Apparently a Farmers Bureau Bank attempted to access my account. The scammers are very busy ATM.’
Another wrote ‘I got one (scam message) and laughed and laughed because all they would of got from me was about 26 cents.’
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch, Aussie residents lost $176.1million to scams last year.
The most damaging types of scams in terms of money lost were fake investments ($66.4million), ahead of dating and romance scams ($37.2million).
False billing ($18million), threats to life or arrest ($11.5million) and online shopping scams ($8.4million) were also significant for many non savvy residents.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch, Aussie residents lost $176.1million to scams in 2020 (stock image)