This one tells you to confirm your email address.
Did you get an email message from PayPal today? One asking you to confirm your email address?
I did. In fact, I got two — to two different email addresses, neither of which have ever been used for PayPal.
But that’s not what tipped me off to this being a scam. It was simple: I looked at the links before clicking them and saw that they led to a site that wasn’t PayPal.
I admit that this one looks pretty convincing. They got the graphics all right and there’s no obvious typos. But there is one clue in the body of the message that should raise red flags: they didn’t use my name anywhere in the message. PayPal (and my bank and other organizations in which I hold accounts) have my name and should use it on all communications, automated or not.
But of course I’d never click a link in an email message from an organization in which I have an account, would I? Would you? I hope not!
If you get an email message like this, purportedly from PayPal, that asks you to “Confirm your new email address,” either mark it as spam or just throw it out. Don’t click any links in it. In fact, if at all possible, don’t even open it at all.