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Be aware of PayPal scam

21 Jul 2021 2:59pm

Police are issuing a warning after a Murraylands resident fell victim to a PayPal phone scam costing him thousands of dollars.

On Tuesday 20 July the victim received a text message stating that PayPal had money to refund onto their account. The unsuspecting victim clicked on a link contained within the text message which allowed the scammers remote access to their mobile device. Scammers were then able to access the victim’s online bank account and stole over $8000.

Although this is not a new scam, it continues to catch out a diverse range of unsuspecting victims. Please share this information with friends, family, and the wider community in an effort to prevent this from happening to someone else.

PalPay’s website provides information about identifying hoax websites and phishing emails: as well as providing advice about security when buying or selling online.


-Never follow a link in an email by clicking on a link in a test message – access PayPal by typing your browser.

-When accessing PayPal check for the security icon (padlock) at bottom right of your browser and make sure it is "locked".

-Forward suspect emails to PayPal and they will confirm whether it is genuine or a scam.

You can also report a scam to SCAMwatch (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) online:

If you have been the victim of cybercrime the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN – is a secure reporting and referral service for online incidents which may be in breach of Australian law.