According to this email, which appears to be from PayPal, you have sent a payment of $299 (or $199) to Australian online department store Kogan. The email features the PayPal logo and emulates a genuine PayPal transaction notification email.
The email claims that you can click a ‘cancel transaction’ link to get a full refund if you did not authorise the payment to Kogan.
However, the email is not from PayPal and the claim that a payment has been sent to Kogan from your account is untrue. The email is a phishing scam designed to trick you into divulging your PayPal account details and other sensitive personal information to cybercriminals. The criminals hope that at least a few recipients will be panicked into clicking the ‘cancel transaction’ link in the mistaken belief that their PayPal account has been compromised and used for fraudulent transactions.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to a bogus website designed to look like the genuine PayPal page. The page will ask you to enter your PayPal account login credentials. After you login, you will be taken to a second fake page that asks you to confirm your account by supplying your credit card details, contact details and other personal information. A final page on the fake site may then claim that you have successfully cancelled the Kogan transaction.
But, meanwhile, the scammers can use the information you supplied to hijack your PayPal account, commit fraudulent transactions using your credit card, and possibly steal your identity.
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains. It is always safest to login to your PayPal account by entering the account address into your browser’s address bar or via an official app.
Keep in mind that genuine PayPal emails will always greet you by name. They will never use generic greetings such as ‘Dear Customer’. Nor will they use your email address as a greeting.
You can report PayPal phishing attacks via the reporting details listed on the company’s website.
Dear user ID – [Email address Removed] ,You sent a payment of $299.99 AUD to Kogan.com.au
It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account.
The Kogan Co.
Instructions to merchant
Online delivery to [removed]
Description Unit price Qty Amount
$199.99 AUD 1 $199.99 AUD
Subtotal $199.99 AUD
Total $199.99 AUD
Payment $199.99 AUD
Charge will appear on your credit card statement as “PAYPAL *Kogan”
Payment sent to
Amount $199.00 AUD
Exchange rate: 1 AUD = 0.0000 AUD
Invoice ID: 20948-1-630917 Kogan Company Ltd
Issues with this transaction?
* If you haven’t authorized this payment ,click the link below to get full refund
Cancel transaction at: [Link removed]
Last updated: December 1, 2015
First published: December 1, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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.
Closing DateHoax-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!