Does Paypal offer $1000 in gift card rewards via email?

In February 2022, we reviewed two emails asking recipients to “please confirm receipt of $1,000” in the form of a Paypal gift card or “exclusive reward.” The two emails were sent at different times and were identical.

We advise readers to delete these types of posts.

The Paypal email that promised an “exclusive reward” of $1,000 gift card read:

𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞.𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐦.𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐩𝐭.𝐨𝐟.𝟏𝟎𝟎𝟎$🔔.

From: [email protected] *P*A*Y*P*A*l-Inc* via pslskss.club

PayPal

Hello

Congratulations! You have been selected to receive an exclusive reward!
Your name came up for a PayPal gift
Hurry up! Your reward is ready
Your account information:
Customer::
E-mail:
Reward: ………….
Claim a reward now
PayPal Team

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616 Corporate Way Ste.2-9092
Valley Cabin, NY 10989

This was not a genuine message from Paypal, and the message was in no way legit. It was a scam.

Email scam claims you have been selected to receive an exclusive $1000 Paypal gift card reward.
A Paypal booth at LeWeb Paris in 2012. (Credit: @jibees/Flickr)

We clicked on the link in the email after opening an incognito tab. This has led to survey scams and possibly phishing, identity theft, and other dangerous results. Our advice to readers is to delete these types of fraudulent emails.

The mailing address given in the email was: “616 Corporate Way Ste.2-9092, Valley Cottage, NY 10989”. It is not known if the occupants of this address were involved in the scam. We found this same address being noted by other online users in association with past scams.

One of these scams mentioning the same address involved McDonald’s and contained a similar message that promised an “exclusive reward”:

🔔Y0u.HaaVe.Been.Selected.To..Participate-🔔.

From: [email protected] *McDonalds* via meragaf.shop

mcdonalds

Hello

Congratulations! You have been selected to receive an exclusive reward!
Your name came up for a mcdonalds gift
Hurry up! Your reward is ready
Your account information:
Customer::
E-mail:
Reward: ………….
Claim a reward now
The McDonald’s Team

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616 Corporate Way Ste.2-9092
Valley Cabin, NY 10989

We have already reported a number of other scams that made the rounds in the weeks before the Paypal one came to our attention. These email scams used the company names Pornhub, CVS, Capital One, Venmo, Costco and T-Mobile, Lowe’s, eBay and UPS.

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