New scams hitting PayPal users and loan applicants

I see how scammers try to get your money or personal information every day.

A new scam I've been seeing is just a variation of an older one that's uses fake government sites.

Victims are getting calls, supposedly from an officer with the the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA. They're told that they illegally purchased pharmaceutical drugs over the internet or by phone.

Somehow, the scammer even has your cell phone number.

So, how do you know it's a scam?

Well, if you never bought drugs this way, you know it's not your issue.

Also, anytime an email or caller asks you to wire money, it's a scam.

And think about it. The DEA would never operate this way.

Okay, wouldn't fall for that one,  how about this from another viewer.

"I posted an ad to sell a phone on Craigslist. I got four text messages from out of state phone numbers. They wanted to pay through PayPal."

The woman got an email saying the money had been posted to her account and that she should send the phone.

But wait. She took a good look at the email address and found it wasn't from Pay Pal.

PayPal scams are not new. They are changing all the time.

With this type of scam, if you're unsure, avoid clicking any link sent to you.

Check your accounts through the companies legitimate site.

In this case the woman went to the PayPal site and found she received no money.

Finally, a warning from Kathy.

"I went online to fill out loan applications. Come to find out that the information I was putting into these forms was going everywhere!!!"

She started getting calls from someone saying she accepted a payday loan based on her email address.

I don't know exactly why this happened.

But as a precaution, before filling out anything personal, make sure the website is secure.

There are several ways to do that, including seeing a lock icon in the address bar.

If you need help or need to warn others about a consumer problem or scam, let me know at or by going to my  "Let Joe Know" Facebook page.

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