Warning on Paypal scam used by fraudsters targeting the elderly
NEW warning advises people to be aware of a PayPal scam used by fraudsters to target seniors.
A woman who reported receiving an email regarding a PayPal debit with a fake 1-800 number included says she believes she has been targeted because of her age.
Julia Legaspi, 67 years old, told CBS 8 that she received an email that appeared to be a receipt from PayPal for a new iPhone.
“It looked so legitimate,” Legaspi said of the receipt.
The email also included a number that recipients could contact with any issues, which Legaspi called.
She said the man on the phone asked her to log into her account so that her money could be refunded to her.
Fortunately, Legaspi realized before giving the man his personal information that something was suspicious.
She said she consulted her own bank “before giving them my banking information to reimburse the charges.”
Legaspi said this was the second time she had been the target of fraudsters and had since become wary of her online activity.
According to the FBI, millions of seniors are targeted by con artists every year.
Scammers manage to get around $ 3 billion each year from the elderly population alone.
One of the ways to protect yourself and your family from fraud is to resist the urge to act immediately after receiving a suspicious email or message.
This could mean calling PayPal direct customer service after receiving an email like Legaspi did or calling your own bank to check for other fraud allegations before taking action.