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Don't Get Scammed By Email!

Paypaldoes NOT want you to update your account or credit card. Neither does Ebay or your bank. But chances are you will receive an e-mail requesting you to do just that.

It's called a 'spoof' e-mail and no matter how official it looks, you can be sure of one thing: It was sent to you by a criminal who wants to steal your money or your identity. These days it is easy for any criminal to copy the Paypal or Ebay logo and insert it into an e-mail. So just because an e-mail looks and sounds official doesn't mean it is.

How can you tell if an e-mail is really from Paypal?

The first way is content. Paypal, Ebay, and your bank will never ask you in an e-mail to update any information; not your password, credit card, or even your address.

The second way is by how you are addressed in an e-mail. If the e-mail calls you "our valued customer" or something similar, and does not address you by your own name, chances are the e-mail is fake. But in the future criminal techniques might improve so that they will be able to do this, so be wary even if your name is on it.

The third way to verify if the e-mail isfrom Paypal, Ebay, or your bank, is to open a new browser window, godirectly to the real web site (Paypal.com, Ebay.com, or your bank's web site) and log into your accountto see if the company is asking you for the information.

Remember, never click on a linkwithin an e-mail. If the e-mail is fake, you will be taken to a fake site and anything you type in from there will be captured by a criminal.

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