Last updated on December 16, 2020
Sampath Jayawardena got a surprising email during his hard times. It meant that he had paid some money through PayPal to an online shop but the order was not placed. Moreover, there was a clear receipt saying that the money could be reimbursed within 180 days if he could find a dispute.
He was pretty sure that he never did such a transaction but the deal here looked very attractive as the money could be claimed showing some reason. However, at the same time he was worried whether someone else used his PayPal account to do this payment. He wanted to check and clarify the matter. Therefore, he examined the links and email addresses carefully. Anyway, he didn’t open the links given since the total matter was suspicious.
The email Sampath received was as follows;
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, 7 November 2019 14:48
Subject: You have 180 days from the date of your PayPal payment to open a dispute for eligible transactions – Receipt for your payment to Mirenesse.
Firstly he noticed that the real ‘From’ email address (within < >) was different from PayPal emails where the domain should be ‘paypal.com’
Then to verify that further he checked the other links too without clicking, but copying them by right-clicking and pasting them on a note pad, which showed the real locations. They all directed to fake pages like PayPal asking for user credentials. Just because he was patient enough to test the links of the mail, he was safe from being caught by scammers.