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PayPal & AlertPay Scams - BEWARE

Over the weekend I received not 1, but 2, pieces of fraudulent email meant to catch the unwary receiver. I thought I'd do my good deed for the day (old Boy Scout habit) and pass this "HEAD's UP WARNING" along. There are two scams circulating through cyberspace involving PayPalTM and AlertPayTM.

The first one claimed to be issued by PayPalTM using their trademark and logo colors. However, the first indication the message is fraudulent is the return email address to payball and the second is the generic greeting, "Hello Paypal Customer." Ironically the links (I've disabled them) for the HELP & SECURITY CENTER were working links connecting to the actual PayPalTM web site!


From:Paypal Customer Service []
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2011 4:02 AM
Subject:Your Paypal Account Will Be Limited
Importance: High


Hello Paypal Customer,

Your Account Will Be Limited Until You Submitted Some Information.

If you didn't submit them , your account will be limited after 2 days.


Click Here To Submit The Information


Help Center | Security Center

Please don't reply to this email. It'll just confuse the computer that sent it and you won't get a response.

Copyright © 2011 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.

PayPal Email ID PP1456


The second message was from AlertPayTMand like the PayPalTMmessage, it contained tip-off's that it was a fake: the return email address to alretpay and the universal, generic greeting. Actual messages are always addressed to the specific account holder. And, as with the PayPalTMmessage, it is ironic the phone contact number is the actual AlertPayTM office!

PayPal & AlertPay Scams - BEWARE



From:Alertpay []
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:07 AM
Subject:Your Alertpay Account Has Been Limited
Importance: High

This is an automated email, please do not reply

Dear Alertpay Customer

Unfortunately Your Alertpay Account Has Been Limited!

You have to submit your Transaction PIN to remove the limitation

Please click on the following link to validate your Transaction PIN:

Click here to validate your Transaction PIN. (link disabled for this post)

You Must Validate The PIN Before 2 Days.

Thanks for choosing AlertPay,
The AlertPay Team Follow Us on our Blogon Facebookon Twitter

Need Assistance?
We're happy to help by phone at 1-514-748-5774, Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00 pm EST, or by email
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. AlertPay

Email ID: 0026


To help these firms track down the culprits, you can FORWARD copies of the email(s) to and to



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Comment balloon 2 commentsMike Mayer • May 23 2011 11:54AM


Thanks for the tips. Not sure that I would fall for it, but I am certain that a lot of folks could really end up in a bad position.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 9 years ago



thanks for the tip, I had a lot of friends who actually feel for this trick before! I always check the blogs of both alertpay( and paypal....and they actually notify us


Posted by T.R. over 9 years ago