In 2023, fake PayPal invoices are still being used by scammers and fraudsters to trick unsuspecting victims into sending money online. Scammers create fake PayPal invoices by using stolen account information or phishing emails to copy the look and feel of the real emails sent by PayPal. The fake invoices typically contain a link to a bogus website that requests payment with personal or financial details. Once the victim sends payment, the money is transferred to the fraudster’s account.
To protect yourself against fraud, it’s important to always verify the source of the email before clicking any links or providing financial information. If the email asking for payment appears to be from PayPal, you should log in to your PayPal account and check the transactions there. If you cannot see the transaction listed, it is likely a scam. It’s also important to never click any links or open any attachments in emails from unknown sources.
Although PayPal works hard to identify and shut down fraudulent activity, it’s important to be vigilant and be aware of the potential risks of sharing your personal and financial information online.