Beware PayPal Policy Updates Email

I have just received an email from PayPal which looks completely legit, especially as it is addressed to me personally, but I believe it to be a total scam.  This is the email.

Notice of Policy Updates

Dear Peter Pelliccia,PayPal recently posted a new Policy Update. You can view this Policy Update by logging in to your PayPal account. To log in to your account, go to and enter your member log in information. Once you are logged in, look at the Notifications section on the top right side of the page for the latest Policy Updates.

If you need help logging in, go to our Help Center by clicking the Help link located in the upper right-hand corner of any PayPal page.

Kind Regards,
PayPal Australia


The problem is the link withing the email takes you to the following url which the redirects you to this one Normally PayPal uses a secure site which you can tell from the url starting with https://!

Perhaps the email is legitimate but I have never known PayPal to redirect urls before. I don’t know about you but I’m not taking any chances. I logging in the good old way just to make sure I don’t get sucked in to any phishing scam.

OK, did that and as it turns out there is a policy update, but I still don’t trust that email and if I was you I wouldn’t click on that link.

Here are some resources to help protect you from scam artists.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Mitch Mitchell

    You know how I knew it was a fake? Because it came to an email that I don’t have set up with Paypal. I kept looking at it (thank goodness for Mailwasher, eh?) and decided to go to Paypal to check things out. The update was 7/29, so that was the first clue. The second is that I have always known Paypal won’t send you that kind of email; they’ll ask you to log into your account, without sending you a link, and checking your messages.

    Good one to highlight; wild that it hit both of us on opposite sides of the earth around the same time.

    1. BS Artist

      Yeah, what was a killer was that they did send it to the right email where I was concerned. :annoyed_tb: Asswipes

  2. Sonny

    In matters of money/finances, I usually never just click on an e-mail link, even if the displayed URL looks OK, until I mouseover the link and it shows me the actual destination page. When the domain of the target URL matches both that of the displayed URL and that of the sender’s address – and is a domain that I recognize and is on my whitelist – only then will I click a link in such an e-mail…

    1. Sire

      Sounds like a great way to keep yourself safe from scams Sonny

  3. Luke

    Spoofing email address and IP address is nothing uncommon among scamers. Just dont click anything and log in straight from a paypal site. Some of those looks very legit! Just imagine how many people dont even realize this is a scam !

    1. BS Artist

      Which is exactly why I posted this :wink_ee:

  4. Sherrie

    This is really alarming and I think a lot of people should be aware of this especially if they have an account with Paypal…

  5. Monica

    Yet another scam thought up by cheating losers who are the dregs of society. Seriously, how do they come up with these schemes, when I barely have time to come up with and implement my marketing strategies? Feels like you have to check and recheck everything just to see if its legitimate and that cuts into my work time. Do cyber bounty hunters exist? (just kidding, sort of) Thanks for the heads up!

    1. BS Artist

      Hey Monica, sorry for the late reply, being busy and all. :innocent1_tb:

      Cyber bounty hunters sounds like pretty good idea to me :devil_tb:

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