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Stripe ‘Received Payment’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

This email, which purports to be from online payment processor Stripe, claims that you have received a payment of $880. 

The email, which includes information about the supposed transaction, features a button labelled “View in Stripe Dashboard:

Stripe Payment Phishing Scam

However, the email is not from Stripe and it does not contain information about a real payment. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your Stripe and email account login details.

If you click the Dashboard button, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks you to enter your Stripe email, password, and phone number:

Stripe Fake Login Window

 

At first glance, signing in on the fake site appears to open your Stripe profile page. However, the profile is fake and a popup “account Information” window will ask for your email and email password as well as your linked account number:

Fake Stripe Profile Page

After you enter the requested information, you will be automatically redirected to the genuine Stripe website.

Meanwhile, online criminals can collect the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Stripe account and conduct fraudulent transactions in your name.

They can also use the stolen information to access your email account. Once in, they can use your email account to send spam, scam, and malware emails that will appear to come from you. They may also be able to access linked services such as app stores or online storage, conduct further fraudulent transactions, and steal your documents and personal information.

Phishing scams like this one are very common and continually target many high profile banks and online service providers.

Stripe includes information about identifying and reporting phishing scams on its website.

 

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.

Closing Date

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