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Protecting Yourself When Using Ebay and PayPal

If you get a suspicious e-mail, don't click on anything.  Forward it to spoof@ either paypal or ebay and they will investigate it.

Using Ebay and PayPal are safe as long as you take certain steps to protect yourself.

 
CAUTION:  Cyber criminals try to get your personal financial information for Ebay and PayPal by sending you fake e-mails that tell you one or more of the following things:

1.  Your information needs to be updated or your account will be terminated.
2.  An order was made and not received and you will be accused of fraud if you do not respond immediately.
3.  That you gave the company wrong information and you need to correct that information so that you don't get into some kind of trouble.
4.  That the company is trying to investigate illegal activity on your account, and they need your help ..... so click here to help.  
5.  You may receive something telling you that if you think an error has been made, please click here and tell us.  

BE SUSPICIOUS OF ALL E-MAILS FROM THESE COMPANIES.
NEVER CLICK ON ANY LINK INSIDE OF ANY E-MAIL THAT YOU RECEIVE!!!!!!   NEVER!
NEVER GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION TO ANYONE!!!!   EVER!
NEVER REPLY to an e-mail from these companies.

Both Ebay and PayPal have publicized that they will NEVER ask for personal information by e-mail.  Know it and believe it!

If you think the e-mail may be legitimate or illegitimate, here is what to do.  
1.  DO NOT REPLY to the e-mail 
2.  In your e-mail program, find the button that says forward, click FORWARD, then type in one of the following e-mail addresses to report the e-mail:  spoof@paypal.com or spoof@ebay.com .  The companies want to know if a bad e-mail has been sent to you, they also don't mind if you report good e-mails when you're unsure.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A BAD E-MAIL.

ABOVE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A BAD E-MAIL.

  

PREVENTION

1.  When you set up your Ebay or PayPal Account, use a different e-mail address than you usually use.  If you own a domain name, you can set up an additional e-mail box for your e-bay and paypal account.  If you don't own your own domain, you can try setting up a free e-mail box with hotmail or yahoo. 
  
2.  PayPal lets you use up to five e-mail addresses.  If you have already signed up with your e-mail, but now want to protect yourself further by using another e-mail, just create the other e-mail and go into paypal and click PROFILE, then EMAIL, then you will be in the area where you can add this e-mail address.  Click ADD.

Using a separate e-mail address simply adds one more layer for someone to have to go through to gain access to your information.  Many people do not use a separate e-mail and get along fine.  

Also, when you place your paypal e-mail address on ebay when selling, text robots pick up that address and you will receive spam, phishing e-mails and spoof e-mails.  These e-mail can clutter up your personal e-mail box.
  
3.  Read the information at the PayPal Security Center.  This will explain how PayPal protects your money and further things you can do to protect yourself against fraud.
 
 
OTHER TIPS:
Always avoid wire transfers, use PayPal whenever possible.  
Use an Escrow Company for large transfers:  Ebay recommends Escrow.com

Another SCAM eBay PayPal E-mail
This e-mail warns you of scams:  Do you want to share your personal information?
No?, then click here!
Of course, never click on links or buttons in e-mails like this.
Read what is in red to see what to do and how to identify bad e-mails.

 

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