Scam of the Month: PayPal “Unusual Activity” Phishing Scam


January 23, 2020

The bad guys are trying to steal your personal and financial information again. Their latest scam is a phishing email that appears to come from your PayPal account.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The phishing email claims that an unknown device has accessed your PayPal account, and to protect your account and your money; you have to “verify your identity” by clicking a link and following verification steps.
  2. After clicking the link, you’re brought to a webpage that instructs you to complete a CAPTCHA prompt, where you must enter a code and then click a button to continue “securing your account.”
  3. Finally, you’re brought to a fake PayPal login page to enter your PayPal login credentials. If you enter your credentials, you’re then instructed to submit personal and financial details and even the login information for your email account.

If you submit your login credentials or personal information, your PayPal account can now be taken over by the bad guys, and your account and personal data are at risk.

Remember these tips to keep your PayPal account–and other online accounts–safe:

  • Never click on links in an email you weren’t expecting.
  • When you receive an email asking you to log in to an account or online service that you use, log in to your account through your browser–not through links in the email. This way, you can ensure you’re logging in to the real website.
  • Do not reuse passwords. If you use the same password for different accounts and one gets hacked, they all are.

Stop, Look, and Think.

Don’t be fooled.

We're Integris. We're always working to empower people through technology.

Keep reading

Bridging the Gap between Automation and Innovation

Bridging the Gap between Automation and Innovation

Automation and Innovation. Some people might say those two words cancel each other out. Yet, I believe these two concepts can create capacity for each other—if your business leverages the free time automation creates to foster innovation. Automation can be...

Hot New Ways to Customize Microsoft Teams for Your Industry in 2024

Hot New Ways to Customize Microsoft Teams for Your Industry in 2024

Nearly everyone with Microsoft Teams knows what a tremendous tool it is for chat, document sharing, and meetings between individuals or large groups. We’re used to using the tool as it appears on our screens daily. But did you know hundreds of integrations available...

Why Is My Laptop Draining So Fast?

Why Is My Laptop Draining So Fast?

Before You Replace Your Laptop Battery, Try These Fixes First Stuck with a laptop that’s running out way before it’s standard 8-10 hours of run time? Don't throw it out just yet.  Try these quick fixes to extend its life: Reduce your screen brightness If possible,...