What are they and how to avoid the most common scams in PayPal

PayPal is allied with Android Pay to take your payments to mobile phones

For years that PayPal It is one of the most used options when making online payments, or also to send and receive money. We can use your desktop version or the Android application, which is also compatible with many mobile payment services, which makes its use more convenient and versatile. Unfortunately, there are also certain risks.

Since it is usual that there are scams that are carried out through PayPal. There may be some of you who in the past have been victims of a scam on the payment platform. There are certain scams that are recurring and in which unfortunately many people end up falling. So it's good to know more about them.

We tell you more about some of the most common scams That we meet. This will help you to recognize them and in this way take measures to avoid falling into them. It is possible that some of you have already encountered some of these scams in the past in your account on the payment platform.

Problem with your PayPal account

PayPal is allied with Android Pay to take your payments to mobile phones

Possibly one of the most recurring scams we can find. Normally we receive an email in which says there is a problem with our account PayPal, or that the account is going to be canceled, both are very common. It is requested that we take action immediately to solve the problem in question. For this, the usual thing is that a link is provided in which you have to enter and in which we will have to login to the account.

Entering this link is the way in which thieves are going to get our credentials, so that later they can empty the account without any problem. There are a couple of aspects that we should consider to avoid falling into this scam, in which unfortunately too many people fall.

PayPal will never ask us to enter our username and password in a link. You only need to do this on the home page on the web or in the app. On the other hand, you have to look closely at the email address that has sent us said email, since it is not usually real, but is similar to the addresses that the company uses. This can help us avoid falling into such a scam.


A scam similar to the previous one, which is also quite widespread. In this case we are told that there are problems in the account or that it is suspected that someone has entered it, again asking us to enter the account, clicking on a specific link. It is again the way in which the credentials of our PayPal account are obtained in this case.

The situation is the same as in the previous case, PayPal will not communicate with us in this way, nor will it provide us with a link in which we have to enter urgently. Further, if you look at the email address who sent the message in question, it is usually possible to see immediately that it is a scam. Since they are addresses that have nothing to do with those of the company.

Advance payments

Possibly the oldest scam we can find on the net. Although the surprising thing is that there are still people who fall into it. We are sent an email saying that we are the winners of an award or that we have received some inheritance. In all cases we have won a large amount of money, but we must make a certain payment through PayPal, in order to have the paperwork in order and thus be able to process said transfer.

A known situation? It is a very common scam, of which we have received an email in our account many times. In this type of situation there is not much to do, because it is seen from afar that it is a scam. So blocking that email address or marking it as spam is the best we can do.

If anyone has doubts about the truthfulness of these types of messages, just do a Google search. There we find many stories and all kinds of warnings about these types of scams. So always staying away from them, you will not have problems in your PayPal account.

Pay more for a product in PayPal

This is one of the most recent scams that we find today, which is very sophisticated and that for many goes unnoticed, but which has also stood out for being very effective. For those users who sell products On pages like eBay, among others, it is something to consider. The operation is as follows:

  • You sell a product on some website.
  • The buyer will make the payment through PayPal.
  • It makes a payment of an amount greater than what had been agreed or at the price of said product.
  • Said buyer asks the seller to return that extra money he has paid.

Where is the trick this time? The buyer in question will ask that that money is transferred to a different account to which it was used to make the payment of said product. When this is done, the payment is canceled, which causes the seller to have lost that money that was overpaid, in addition to losing the money from the sale, which has not really happened.

If you sell products on any website, and use PayPal to receive payments, it is important to be attentive. Normally, nobody is going to pay you extra money. If it does, in addition to a notable difference, it is better to cancel said sale or payment, and that it be done again with the exact amount. In the event that this does not happen, we know that it is a scam, so we should not ship the product for any reason.


Another scam to consider if we have an online store or sell products on any website. The buyer of a product that we sell chooses the shipping method, which we comply with and we send you that product that you have paid through PayPal. Then said buyer contacts the courier company without our knowledge, to change the delivery address. After a while he complains that the product we have sold has never arrived.

Another variant of the same scam is that said person use a different delivery address to the one shown in your PayPal account. Then he will claim that the product has never reached its destination, therefore asking us to reimburse the money. Get the free product this way.

If we sell products, The recommendation is always to look at the shipping address. We can also refuse to sell something if the address is different from the one shown in the PayPal account of that person. It is a way to prevent this person from claiming that this product has never reached its destination.

How to avoid scams in PayPal

There are certain aspects that we can take into account, so that we are going to avoid this type of scams in PayPal. Since it is usual that we fall into certain errors, but that we can avoid quite simply. So if we receive an email that seems strange to us, we can look at these aspects:

  • Email address: The address the firm uses is always .com (or .es in the case of Spain). An email from a different address is going to be a scam, so we shouldn't take it into account.
  • In the emails we use our first and last name or the name of the business. If this is not mentioned in the mail, then it is not an official mail of the company.
  • Attachments are never included in emails.
  • You are never asked to install something or enter a particular link,
  • PayPal never asks for bank details or account credentials in an email.

In any case, the important thing is to always use common sense. If we believe that something is a scam or we have suspicions, let's not do it. It is better to be cautious, than to end up putting our hands to the head later.