Paypal is one of the most popular services on the internet, thanks to the wide adoption of the service initially by ebay users who use paypal to pay and receive money for auction users. Now paypal is used to pay for several other services and goods and has become one of the most popular online payment methods. In the UK for instance there are over 20m paypal accounts – that’s 1 paypal account for every 3 people.
Unfortunately, this high usage of paypal and the fact that money is involved has attracted a lot of fraudsters trying to trick users into handing over their paypal login details, to buy non-existant goods or to ship goods to people without receiving proper paypal payment. To stay safe on paypal and to avoid being ripped off and the scams, then here are some paypal tips:
Always use the Paypal Login Page
The most common paypal scam is to send fake or phishing emails that look like they come from paypal, asking you to go the paypal Login page to login. This paypal login page of course is fake and it’s designed to capture your paypal id and password. These fake sites can be look very genuine and the best way to make sure you are not a victim is to ignore the links in emails, open a new browser window or tab and go directly to the paypal login page. If there really are any notices from paypal asking you to check your account details then you will find them here.
Similar scams ask you to go to the Facebook login page.
Paypal Security Key
Even if you give away your paypal login details by mistake, you can get a paypal Security Key to add more security to your paypal account. Each time you login to paypal, paypal will send a six digit key to your mobile by SMS that also has to be entered i.e. a fraudster will also need your mobile to be able to login into paypal.