Did you get an unexpected invoice from PayPal? It’s a scam

The email likely did come from PayPal, but don’t send the money

PayPal invoice scam. (WDIV)

Did you receive an unexpected invoice from PayPal? Don’t send the money, it’s a scam.

The subject line will be something like: “Invoice from Bitcoin Exchange (####).”

The email and invoice are likely really from PayPal, but the person who made the invoice is a scammer.

“Here’s your invoice,” the email reads. “Bitcoin Exchange sent you an invoice for $499.99 USD Due on receipt.”

There’s a button asking you to view and pay the invoice. Don’t click it.

While in some cases the invoice comes from “Bitcoin Exchange” there have been reports of suspicious invoices for gift cards, and for charges made by PayPal itself.

What to do if you receive a scam invoice email?

If you receive an invoice that you suspect is fake or for a purchase you know you didn’t make, do not pay it, and do not respond using any links or phone numbers in the email.

Instead, log directly into your PayPal account using the official app or a trusted browser. Check your purchase history to make sure that you haven’t been fraudulently billed.

If you have been billed, you can contact PayPal’s Resolution Center to report the fraud.

Read: Learn more about scams you should know about


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Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.