Scams Disguised As Official PayPal Notices Aimed at Locals

Fraudulently claiming to be on behalf of widows, orphans, police, or firefighters; for example, the offender solicits donations. Or they sell magazine subscriptions that never materialize or misrepresent a cleaning product.
July 21, 2022
PayPal App on Phone Banking Scam

Criminals are constantly coming up with new schemes designed to steal your funds. They accomplish this by finding whatever way they can to trick you into giving them your money, personal identification, bank account numbers, and credit card details. 

The best course of action is to decline anyone’s request for cash, credit card information, or other personal information, especially if you don’t know them well. Several residents of Eugene have recently been defrauded by scam emails purporting to be from PayPal.

According to Eugene Police, one victim reacted to the fraudulent email and felt under pressure to transfer the remaining balance of his credit union into a purportedly secure and encrypted account. However, the victim’s $15,000 cannot be recovered because the account was a Bitcoin machine wallet housed inside a West 11th liquor store.

Another resident of Eugene was defrauded of $30,000 by a text message posing as one from Paypal security. Similar to the prior victim, she received a call about a transaction she had not done and was informed of other issues, which led to her placing the money into a Bitcoin ATM.

According to the police, it’s crucial to understand that a bank would never invite you to conduct transactions via SMS or emails, and you shouldn’t reply. You can contact a bank or credit card firm directly by calling the numbers listed on your official statements.

The following list includes some of the more typical frauds we’ve observed in the area, although more are constantly emerging.

Bank Fraud Examiner Scam

Outside of bank building

In this scam, a supposed member of law enforcement or a bank fraud examiner contacts you on the phone. 

They say they need your assistance as they look into a worker. For tracking purposes, they ask you to take out some cash and give it to the examiner. You never see the money again, of course.

Scams Involving Foreign Lotteries

No foreign country will make an effort to send money to someone in another country. Still, it is even less likely if you never purchased a ticket!

Scams Involving Found Money

Someone claims to have discovered a large sum of money. While they look for the owner, they want you to keep it. 

To increase their trust in you, you must first give them some real money. They exchange bags after this, leaving you with a bag of useless paper.

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Get Rich Scams

These include investment fraud, pyramid schemes, and other methods to get quick money. If something seems too good to be true, it isn’t real.

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Scams Involving Gift Cards

According to the Federal Trade Commission, “Present cards are a common and practical way to offer someone a gift. They’re also a well-liked method for scammers to defraud you of your money.

That’s because gift cards are like cash: if you purchase one and someone uses it, it’s unlikely that you would be reimbursed for your purchase. Gift certificates are not meant to be used as payment.

Scams for a “Good Cause”

Good Cause Donation Form Scam

Fraudulently claiming to be on behalf of widows, orphans, police, or firefighters; for example, the offender solicits donations. Or they sell magazine subscriptions that never materialize or misrepresent a cleaning product. 

Sales are frequently intended to assist a deserving cause, such as sending kids to summer camp or funding a halfway house. These can be done via knocking on doors, speaking on the phone, or using the internet.

Home Improvement Scams

Typically, someone may knock on your door after noticing that your roof or driveway needs maintenance. 

They say they’re doing work in the area and have extra supplies so that they can give you a terrific discount, but you have to make a choice right away. Once they get your money, they either vanish or spray your driveway with something ineffective.

Romance Frauds

Despite many people finding each other lawfully through dating sites and chat rooms, scammers frequently use this strategy. 

You can’t verify or refute their claimed age, biography, and photo, and they may post bogus information in all three areas. They then concoct a plausible tale of suffering, and you feel generously inclined to send them money without understanding you’ve been duped. In other more sophisticated methods, they move in with you only to rip you off later on!

Scams similar to those mentioned above may attempt to contact you via email. Here are a few instances:

“Phishy” via Email

Phishing on Credit Card Smishing Phishing

The most popular type of “phishing” comprises emails that falsely claim to be from a reputable company, bank, group, or government. For some fictitious reason—your account is about to be closed, someone has placed an order in your name, or your information has been lost due to a computer issue—the sender requests that you “confirm” your personal information.

Avoid clicking on links in emails that request personal information since fraudsters use these to trick consumers into visiting fake websites that closely resemble the actual websites of the businesses, organizations, or government agencies they’re impersonating. Your personal information will fall into the hands of identity thieves if you follow the instructions and enter it on the website.

You can phone the business or organization directly or visit their website to confirm that the message is actually from them (use a search engine to find it). Even if the email attachments are from someone you know (or appear to be from people in your contacts because sometimes email addresses are “spoofed” to look like they are from your contacts), never open them.

Numerous viruses have been linked to particular sorts of websites, especially those that contain pornographic content. Avoid using pornographic websites to lower your risk! Be wary that they might be planting a virus for “pharming” objectives even if they aren’t requesting personal information from you.

Beware of "Pharming"

This fraudulent activity involves sending internet users to a fake website that imitates a real one to steal personal information such as passwords, account numbers, etc.

Request written information if you are interested in something. Give them no personal information, please. Consult the police or other reliable sources. Call 911 if you are in urgent danger. Call Eugene Police Non-Emergency at 541-682-5111 if the criminal is at your door in an area of Eugene with incorporated neighborhoods.

Scammers see opportunities to target us in these uncertain times. Ezchargeback can guide and support you. You can visit our news section for more guides.

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