I signed up years ago for PayPal because it was an easy way to make and accept payments online at sites like eBay, so when I get an email from PayPal I do pay attention. At first glance this email appears to be legitimate because of the layout, PayPal logo, and boilerplate footer content.
My first suspicion came about because this email didn’t have my First and Last name included, and I know that PayPal always uses that information when they communicate with me. Secondly, when I hover my mouse over the link for try again it goes to some other website not related in any way to the real PayPal:
Same problem with the second link for send us an email, it doesn’t go to a PayPal site.
The final detail to reveal that this is really just a phishing scheme designed to steal my credentials is the Login button:
Double check any email supposedly coming from PayPal, and if the links don’t have paypal.com in them, then it’s just another phishing scheme to steal your identity.
There is a new siteÂ called FubarÂ that is supposed to be an online bar and Happy Hour, and I started to receive emails claiming to be from Fubar that looked rather plain:
Since there were no graphics, no logos and not much formatting I decided to check out the links by hovering my mouse over fubar.com:
Sure enough, yet another phishing scam because the link has nothing to do with fubar.com. Besides, my drinking and dating days are long gone as I am 27 years sober and married 33 years.