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PayPal ‘Payment Reversal’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to the subject line of this email, which purports to be from PayPal, the company is investigating a payment reversal involving Apple.  The text of the email claims that you account has been limited “due to login from unknown device” and you must therefore click a “Login Now” button to to resolve the issue.

However, the email is not from PayPal. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into divulging personal and financial information to Internet criminals.  If you click the “Login” button you will be taken to a fake website that is designed to emulate the genuine PayPal website. After you provide your PayPal login details on the fake site, you will then be asked to prove your identity  by providing your name, address, credit card information, and other personal information. After supplying this information, you may see a message stating that the issue has now been resolved.

Meanwhile, however, the scammers can collect the information you provided and hijack your PayPal account. They can use the account and your credit card to commit fraudulent transactions in your name. They may also try to steal your identity.

Phishing scams like this one are very common and PayPal customers are  almost constantly targeted. If you receive an email like this one, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

The PayPal website has information about phishing and how to report scam emails.



Subject: We’re investigating a apple payment reversal (Case ID -003-498-237-832)
Paypal Account Limited Phishing Email


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

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Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer