Examples of Red Flag Scams
There will be misspellings and bad English, a call to action (a threat), a wrong email address or name for me, and in hovering over any link, the URL is nothing like the entity that supposedly sent to you.
Here are a couple. Notice the muck in the words - that was a copy paste of the email even though the email looked like normal words as you can see in the below screenshot.
PayPal (see photo ! below) – bad English “we've taken extra precaution” and then “have assigned your account with a temporary limited” which makes no sense in trying to say they limited my account. “follwing” is misspelled.
It was sent to an email of mine that is not registered with my PayPal account.
I did not click but I hovered over the link to see that it was gobbledygook and nothing Paypal about it.
DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING in these emails. PayPal will never send anything like this to you. You might get a notice of fraudulent activity on your account – BUT ALWAYS LOG INTO PAYPAL ON YOUR OWN without ever clicking the links they sent you. THIS IS WHAT WAS SENT TO ME:At PayVqw7ZqLPal, your securo5ity is a top priority. we've taken extEra precSaution to confirm that your Payu6bPkybPaI accoLunt is secuw4re and have assigned your account with a temporary limiWted.3t6CP5r
You will need to restbore your accounnt to remxhove your limitagtion by follwing this stxOep:
wGDwhBAm 𝟣. ClByick Rx2Log in to Payt70yJqjPaI buttGton below.9WcIHb 𝟤. Follsvow the st3eps to restore your accouQnt.
Log in to Pay2lMTr2XPaI
Once you've done this, your PayPaI accouCDnt will be restjored immedDiately. If you have any questions about your accWount, please Contact Us.
NEXT PHOTO #2I also get texts from various numbers to a “Luul” with links to click – hovering over the links shows more gobbledygook. They are counting on me to click the link so they can cause havoc on me somehow. They probably also assume I will gloss over “Luul” and assume it has to do with me. "Kindly your reimbursement" is bad language. NEXT PHOTO #3I also got an email as an “Apple Shopper” winner – Apple does not have this particular email address for me. You can see the link is more gobbledygook and nothing Apple about it. “surprise for you Stay Calm” is not correct language. Then a “?” after “winner” – ALL RED FLAGS!!!
DO NOT CLICK OR ENGAGE WITH THESE COMMUNICATIONS! They are trying to scam you in some way or another – putting code into your phone or computer, or asking for account # to deposit money to, or verify Social Security number to release the funds – they want something from you or disable you or take over your identity. They might require money from you to pay for them to send winnings to you.