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“Like many other online banks, shops and services, PayPal can be targeted by criminals who use fraudulent emails to deceive users. We go to great lengths to protect the 18 million active PayPal accounts in the UK, but there are also a few simple precautions we should all take online.
Spelling mistakes are a common tell-tale sign of a fraudulent email.
Be aware of any emails that ask you to click on a link or provide personal information directly in response.
A genuine PayPal email will only ever address you by your full name at the beginning – anything that starts ‘Dear customer’ should immediately raise your suspicions.
A Wiltshire businesswoman who lost fifteen hundred pounds after being targetted by internet fraudsters is calling for tighter controls to prevent online identity theft. Here's Robert Murphy's full report.
Following on from our story about a businesswoman who lost £1500 in an internet 'phishing' scam, here are some links to organisations which may be of help if you think you've been targeted.
A woman from Wiltshire has lost £1500 after being targetted by internet fraudsters.
Camilla Jackson unwittingly gave her password details to a fake website.
The type of scam is called phishing - and last year it cost bank customers over £40m in the UK.
She's calling for tighter controls to prevent online identity theft: