Did you receive a text from +611800861847 telling you about debit on your PayPal account? Do not engage. It is a scam text!
What Is PayPal Debit Scam Text?
People have been receiving text messages from a strange number claiming to be PayPal, and the message reads:
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Dear PayPaI User, Your Acct. debited with A$1200.00 Credited to Mr. John Harris, OCT-12!! Not you? DiaI +61 1 8 0 0 861 847 for dispute or Inquiry.
But this is a scam text we have seen countless times, and we know how it works.
How It Works
The PayPal debit text directs the reader to call a phone number. Their aim is to pretend they want to help you recover the erroneous debit, but don’t be deceived; these people are scammers.
In the course of speaking with them, they would request for your personal information. Sharing this would be handing them the information they need to steal money from your PayPal account/credit card.
What To Do
When you receive such messages and want to be sure it is not scam, do the following:
- send the organisation an email to confirm the authenticity of the text
- if the organisation says the message is not from them, delete the message immediately
- do not, out of curiosity, click the link or call that number to see where it leads
Phishing scams are on the rise these days, and a lot of people have lost sensitive information to hackers
We have come across scams like this a lot. What you have to do firstly is not to click on links you do not understand or call strange numbers, and always be sure the source of the message is genuine before you engage.