On May 21, I received an email from "[email protected]
,com". It stated that Paypal would transfer funds from my regular bank account to my Paypal account as soon as soon as Paypal confirmed my personal information.
I was certain that this was a phishing scam. I have never once transferred funds from my bank into my PayPal account for any reason. I haven't used PayPal to purchase anything in years and when I did those purchases were for small amounts which PayPal charged to my credit card not my bank.
I forwarded the email to "[email protected]
,com". NO REPLY TO THAT ONE SO FAR IN SIX DAYS..
On May 24 I checked my regular bank account online and there had been a $1,250 electronic withdrawal from my bank account by Paypal, which left me $855 overdrawn. Horrified, I called my bank.
I also searched in vain for a fraud hotline or any telephone number by which to contact Paypal. Even the links promising a telephone number on the Paypal website do not provide one. At apx. 5 AM on May 25 I signed on to my Paypal account and sent an email to Paypal through the Paypal website describing what had happened. NO RESPONSE FROM PAYPAL AS OF THIS DATE.
Also on May 25 I checked my spam folder and found another email from Paypal dated May 24 which said the transfer was complete, but I never authorized the transfer by providing the requested info requested by the May 21 email, just sent it on to spoof. I also checked my Paypal account and there was $1,250 in it.
I have been sick with fear for three days that whoever got my money into Paypal in the first place will now somehow withdraw it. I am a disabled senior on a limited income and access to my bank account is the only way I have to pay for food and utilities. Every day's delay is critical to me.
A timely response to my forward of the first email on May 21 would have prevented this mess. Any reasonable system of "unusual transaction" alerts would have prevented it, as well.