Phishing Scams in Plain English

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under General Information on September 14, 2011

A friend called me the other day, asking me how to verify his Paypal account.

I was surprised because I’ve already helped him verify his Paypal account more than a year ago and it’s something you really need to do only once. So I asked him why he needs to verify it again.

He says that he just received an email from Paypal that his account has been deactivated and he needs to verify it.

Sensing that something is terribly wrong, I told him to ignore the email, carefully avoiding not to click any links within, and go directly to Paypal by typing the address himself on his browser.

I told him to log-in to his account and check if a similar message will appear. If not, then he should just immediately change his Paypal password and delete the email he just received.


Fortunately, when he logged-in, there were no warning messages and his account is still active, verified and more importantly, secure. After he changed his password, I made him watch this video below.

Entitled, “Phishing Scams in Plain English”, this video is your quick guide to understanding what has just happened to my friend.

I hope you found this video helpful and informative. Remember to always stay safe and secure online.

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9 Responses to “Phishing Scams in Plain English”

  1. Very well written, in behalf of Paypal SEA. Thank you.

  2. leo says:

    Thanks for the informative post fitz. Same here I always receive emails from those phishing guys who ask me to verify my paypal password nor reset my password because my paypal is compromised, I just delete the email and log in to my paypal account by typing the paypal web address directly to my browser..

  3. naku this so important reminder esp sa mga gumagamit ng online banking. my sister was a victim of this modus operandi in Dubai.

  4. by the way, congratulations for being part of the list of the Most Influential People in Personal Finance in Money Sense Magazine!

    it was my first time to buy moneysense magazine and you are there. kakatuwa!

  5. A lot of people doing online transactions are already familiar with these phishing scams. But it is always good to be reminded. Thank you!

  6. jade says:

    Thanks for reminding me. But I still haven’t verified my Paypal account. will I still be vulnerable to phishing scams?

  7. Fitz says:

    Yes, you’re still vulnerable to phishing scams. And it’s always best to have your Paypal account verified so it will be easier for Paypal to handle your case and reverse transactions if ever this happens.

  8. jade says:

    Oh well, just have to verify it then. thanks Fitz.

  9. Once again, a very informative post!

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