Confirming The Purchase of a Cell Phone Scam

How the Scam Works

The victim receives an email (which in reality is just spam) confirming the recipient’s purchase with a random online cell phone retailer. The e-mail has a PayPal shopping cart banner (to make it look official) detailing a cell phone purchase including the type of cell phone and shipping information. Also included in the e-mail is a link that the recipient can click on if they wish to dispute the transaction. Upon clicking the link, the recipient is redirected to a phishing web page which displays a PayPal login screen requesting their login name and password. Once logged in, the site asks for the person’s sensitive information such as name, address, social security number, mother’s maiden name, driver’s license number, and a debit card number.

It’s important to be cautious of e-mails requesting personal and/or financial information. If you do find any actual fraudulent charges on your statement then contact your bank or credit card company.