I just signed a client up to use PayPal and forgot to give them my speech to keep them safe. So, I wrote them instead. Here’s what I wrote…
There are lots of PayPal scams out there that you need to be very careful of as time goes on. PayPal is like having a Bank Account, and in fact, it is now Linked to your Bank Account. So, if someone gets access, they can do a bit of damage. Since I don’t want you to fall into any of these, I like to tell my clients to be very careful… Here are my tips…
- Login Only at PayPal.com – When in doubt, always go to www.PayPal.com and login directly. If there is an issue or something you need to be concerned about, they will tell you upon entry into your account. Go to their homepage directly and login.
- Never Click on Links in a PayPal Email – Never, ever, ever, ever, ever,… click on a link in a PayPal email even if it is something you are expecting or seems legitimate. The primary way they scam you is to send an email that looks real. Most of the emails you get will say, “Notification of Payment Received” in the subject line after someone pays you. Even with those, DON’T CLICK ON THE LINK. Go to www.PayPal.com and login. It will show you the payment there in the official account.
- Additional Information – If you are ever asked to “provide additional business information” from PayPal, then be very careful. If you are clearly on their website (at www.PayPal.com) and you have initiated it, then fine. But, if you aren’t sure then STOP and call me. Scammers typically try to convince you that there is something wrong with the account and ask you to fill out more info. I’ve had a few clients fall for this all the way to giving Social Security Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, Bank Account, etc… This is all about Identity Theft, and you want to avoid the problems.
- Access Information – I will keep a record of your access information on file. If you change the Password, then obviously I won’t be able to get in and help. But, if you are ever concerned about the safety of the account, the first thing you should do is login and change that Password.
So, there’s my PayPal speech. Just want to keep you safe… If you are ever questioning anything with PayPal, just give me a call and I’ll do my best to help you!