Ask Dave Taylor: Tech and Business


How can I recognize fake Paypal email?

Dave, I get tons of email that looks like it's from Paypal, asking me to update my account record, check that things are configured alright, or even to "notify" me that a new email address has been "added" to my account. Sheesh! How can I recognize real Paypal email and separate it out from all the phishing and fake messages in my inbox?

I know what you mean. I get a ton of this junk too, and I have learned to never click on a link in an email message. If I think it's legit, I'll open my browser and directly type in the Paypal URL: (note that it's 'https' not 'http' too).

Paypal itself has some useful tips too...