Got this text message early in May (and I’ve had a couple of others since… these things seem to go in waves as scammers share ideas around.
Just look at the URL that you’re supposed to use to log in: “Erwanbikes”? It’s a real website in India, supposedly for renting bicycles. Either someone has embedded malicious code in a subdirectory of their website without their knowledge, or they are actively involved in the scam. There’s no way of knowing.
Either way, if a communication came from PayPal, the address to go to would be something at
and not some random website. Be careful if you get messages like this and never click on the link unless you know or can tell where it has taken you.
If you’re curious, here’s where the rabbit hole goes:
Note the bogus (i.e. not PayPal) URL. Now they want your information.
Never provide information like this to an unknown entity. SS Number? Mother’s Maiden Name? Run away fast!
If someone wants your credit card information and you don’t know who they are, you’re being scammed.
Once you’ve given the bad guys access to your financial information and your credit card number, you are redirected to the legitimate PayPal website. Then watch your money disappear. Please don’t be taken in by criminal activity of this nature, and watch over your vulnerable loved ones.
The Old Wolf has spoken.