Murraylands resident falls victim to a PayPal scam

WARNING: Police are issuing a warning after a Murraylands resident fell victim to a PayPal phone scam costing him thousands of dollars.PHOTO: File
WARNING: Police are issuing a warning after a Murraylands resident fell victim to a PayPal phone scam costing him thousands of dollars.PHOTO: File

Police are issuing a warning after a Murraylands resident fell victim to a PayPal phone scam costing him thousands of dollars.

On Tuesday, July 20, the victim received a text message stating that PayPal had money to refund onto their account.

The unsuspecting victim clicked on a link contained within the text message which allowed the scammers remote access to their mobile device.

Scammers were then able to access the victim's online bank account and stole over $8000.

Although this is not a new scam, it continues to catch out a diverse range of unsuspecting victims. Please share this information with friends, family, and the wider community in an effort to prevent this from happening to someone else.

PalPay's website provides information about identifying hoax websites and phishing emails: https://www.paypal.com/au/webapps/mpp/phishing as well as providing advice about security when buying or selling online.

Police ask everyone to remember:

-Never follow a link in an email by clicking on a link in a test message - access PayPal by typing www.paypal.com.au your browser.

-When accessing PayPal check for the security icon (padlock) at bottom right of your browser and make sure it is "locked".

-Forward suspect emails to PayPal and they will confirm whether it is genuine or a scam.

You can also report a scam to SCAMwatch (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) online: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/reportascam/

If you have been the victim of cybercrime the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN - www.acorn.gov.au) is a secure reporting and referral service for online incidents which may be in breach of Australian law.