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A curious thing happened last Thursday afternoon.

A lady in our Spanish class which has closed due to the virus had offered to set a quiz.

We in the class are not that proficient with the technology of Zoom so there was  a trial run.

In the course of this run, I received a text requesting me to confirm card details with Paypal after 2 transactions. It attached a link. I gave the details of one credit card which had little money in it but it asked for a second which has.

Being suspicious I terminated the “filling in” and deleted the text. The website had as “http” prefix and the secured lock so it might have been kosher.

At the suggestion of my accountant I tried to call Paypal yesterday. The response was voice-generated and I was continually directed to their website.

This for example referred to a suspicious email not a text. My accountant, a most practical  fellow, advised me in future only to log in.

I spent an anxious day yesterday after taking all measures and precautions ascertaining whether I had been cleared out of funds. So far I have not.

It seems to me that Paypal are not on top of this. They do not have for example a 24 hour manned fraud line. I was told to change my password but the website gave no indication how to do it.

They do not send anti-scamming warnings to their users.

Also it occurred to me that traders might accept a suspicious card or banks receive stolen money.

There should be fines if there is any element of complicity.

About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts