Officials are warning people to remain vigilant after they received reports over PayPal ‘request money’ scams.

Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, are warning people over a scam where fraudsters are requesting money after they received 275 reports.

The scam exploits PayPal’s ‘request money’ feature to try and scare people into calling a malicious phone number and giving away their personal information.

The emails arrive from a legitimate PayPal email address, often claiming that the recipients PayPal account was used for a fraudulent transaction.


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The goal of the email is to get the recipient to call the phone number provided in the email.

A spokesperson for Action Fraud said: “If you have doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly.

“Don’t use the number or address in the message – use the details from their official website.

“Your bank or any other official source will never ask you to supply personal information via email.”

If you have spotted a suspicious email forward it to