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‘Your Transaction is Being Reviewed’ PayPal Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from PayPal, your transaction is being reviewed. Supposedly, PayPal’s  “system has detected that you are using a new unknown device”.

The email includes information about a recent payment that it claims was made via your PayPal account and invites you to click a link to cancel the transaction.

However, PayPal did not send the email and the listed transaction never took place. In fact, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.

The criminals responsible for the scam email hope that at least a few recipients will be panicked into clicking the “cancel” link in the mistaken belief that their PayPal account has been hijacked.

If you do click the link, you will be taken to a scam website that looks like it is part of PayPal. Once on the fake site, you will be asked to log in with your PayPal email address and password. Then, you will be instructed to complete a “refund form” that asks for your credit card number, your name and contact details, and other identifying information.

At the end of the process, a final message will claim that you have successfully cancelled the transaction and that your money will be refunded. You will then be automatically redirected to the real PayPal website.

But, the criminals can now use the information you submitted on the fake site to take over your PayPal account and conduct fraudulent transactions. They can also use your credit card information to conduct further fraudulent transactions. And, using all of the information they have collected, they may also be able to steal your identity.

PayPal phishing scams like this are very common.
Note that legitimate PayPal notification emails will always address you by name. They will not omit this greeting. Nor will they use generic greetings such as “Dear User”, “Dear Customer” or “Dear [your email address]”.

PayPal has information about phishing scams and how to report them on its website.

A screenshot of the scam email:

Transaction Being Reviewed PayPal Phishing Scam

Text Transcript of the scam email:

Thanks for paying with PayPal

Your transaction is being reviewed because our system has detected that you are using a new 
unknown device

You can Cancel this transaction.

Transaction ID: 4SL62519748962801
Date: 1 Septembar 2019
Payment status: COMPLETED
Description Unit Price Quantity Amount
12 Month Smart IPTV Deal - *** SALE SALE SALE *** RRP £59

173278598160

206,95 EURO

1

206,95 EURO

Shipping and handling 0,00 EURO
Total 206,95 EURO
Payment 206,95 EURO
To amount 206,95 EURO
This transaction will appear on your statement as PAYPAL *BRADLEYF192.
International Shipping and Import Charge

Transaction ID: 4SL62519PT2262801

A separate payment was sent to this global shipping company to ship your package and to clear 
customs.


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