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Tips for spotting scammers

This time I would like to give you a warning about common scams and scammers 

usually pretending to represent a bank, eBay. Amazon etc.

If you take a quick look at the mail below, it seems a legitimate communication from PayPal, including their logo,

informing me that I need to confirm my account details by clicking on the link they indicate

to "start the verification process here".

paypal

However, this link does not take you to PayPal but leads you to a well-disguised landing page

on the scammer's website where you will be asked to leave him

your user name and password "for verification purposes"

which he will use to access, and probably empty, your PayPal account.

Here is a similar scam disguised as the British bank Natwest :
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
natwest

Dear Customer,

The following will assist you to log back on to the service.

Customer Number

Your Customer Number starts with your date of birth, followed by up to 4 digits, given to you when you enrolled for Online Banking or Telephone Banking.

PIN and/or password

Your PIN is the four-digit number chosen by you when you registered for Online Banking or Telephone Banking. It may be a different number from the PIN (Personal Identification Number) that you use at cash machines or ATMs. Your password is the one you chose when you registered for Online Banking or Telephone Banking. It has between six and twenty characters, and may contain both letters and numbers.

You will be able to regain access to the service immediately.

Re-activate your Online Banking

Please keep this email with the NatWest Secure site link in a safe place.

Thank you.

NatWest Customer Service Centre
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

So, here are two tips to help you identify scammers :

1. The mail sent to you will not have your name, but will either say "Dear Account holder"

or display your email instead of your name.

2. PayPal, eBay, your bank or any other well-known financial or business institution will never ask you to log

straight in from a link in the email they sent you, but they will ask you to go independently to the real website

and logon there, where you will find instructions to follow.

You have been warned – Be careful !

 

לאבחון וייעוץ חינם, לחצו כאן!


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