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Scams Share Update In Partnership With Trading Standards Scotland - 21/10/2020

Warning - Paypal Scams

The information keeps coming in from Neighbourhood Watch Alert users across Scotland highlighting the text, email and phone scams they are experiencing out in our communities.

A common thread over the past week has been the frequency of scams purporting to be from PayPal. Often these hare come in by email starting " Your account has been suspended....", "You have been paid...." and "You have been paid too much......."

Paypal have good information on scams and how to identify them at: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/security/common-scams

How to identify real PayPal emails

An email from PayPal will:

  • Come from paypal.com. Scammers can easily fake the "friendly name," but itís more difficult to fake the full name. A sender like "PayPal Service (zxk1942R3@gmail.com)" is not a message from PayPal. But sophisticated scammers can sometimes fake the full name, so look for other clues.
  • Address you by your first and last names, or your business name.

An email from PayPal won't:

  • Ask you for sensitive information like your password, bank account, or credit card.
  • Contain any attachments or ask you to download or install any software.

To get information on the latest scams across Scotland go to https://mailchi.mp/cc3251391658/scam-share/

It's more important than ever to make sure that you stay Scam Aware and that you share information about scams with vulnerable relatives or friends. Please feel free to respond to this message and share your experiences with us.

Report suspicious behaviour in your community to Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency

Report all scams to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or through their web site at: https://www.advice.scot/

Scam emails should be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre via their new Suspicious Email Reporting Service at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails/

Neighbourhood Watch have also provided the recent Cyber Resilience COVID-19 Notice from the Scottish Government which also includes this and additional information. Download it here:
Cyber Resilience COVID-19 Notice 20.10.2020   576 KB

Feel free to feedback any personal experience or information you may have of localised SCAMS as this allows Neighbourhood Watch Scotland to feed back any trends, types and general intelligence to their key partners.

Stay Safe.

Contact Neighbourhood Watch at the following email address:

Original Message Sent By Mark Armstrong (NHWN, Community Support Officer, NW Scotland)

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