Readers, please be cautious of emails that appear to be sent from a legit source. Today, I received an email on my company email that startled me. Before, I click any links I go to the source (which in this case is Paypal). The factious email stated that the system had discovered that my credit card may have been compromised and that my account was changed to “limited”. I immediately went to my account and found out that my account was in good standing and all was well. Afterwards, I began to investigate the matter by Google searching some of the words contained in the fake email. Although not shocked, I was glad to see that others had experienced a similar issue as I had did. Having said all of this here are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Follow Your Instinct (Gut): If it sounds fishy 10 times out of 10 it is! Do not hesitate to investigate the matter to make sure the source is from a legit source.
2. Check the Email Sender’s Address: Although the sender’s address had the “@paypal.com” domain in it, I still was a bit suspicious about it. Click here for more info from PayPal on how to avoid scams. It mentions how to know if the email is from PayPal. Please get acquainted with this!
3. Do Your Research/Investigate: It’s better to be safe than sorry. Better to investigate a thing than not to and then regret not investigating. In other words, check to see if others have had similar issues. You’ll feel much better knowing that you took the time to gather information and avoid your identity being taken from some individual (s) who have no heart! In addition, check all credit card accounts, bank statements, and paypal accounts, just to make sure no information really was compromised. If your researching does not conjure much information, contact the source via telephone!
Please feel free to share this with as many people as you possibly can. Some people will instantly click on the link when they see words that suggests that their credit card information may have been stolen. It can happen to anyone!