PAYPAL and energy bill scams have been targeting residents across Worcestershire.

West Mercia Police have shared two scams that are in circulation, targeting sensitive data and finances.

It has been shared that fraudsters are sending out authentic looking phishing emails using the PayPal logo and style.

PayPal allows you to purchase items online, send money, and accept payments without having to enter your financial details.

There have been 3 principal messages going around trying to access information which include confirming your email address, a new phone number has been added to your account and your account has been suspended.

The emails look as though they have come from an authentic PayPal email address but on closer inspection, there is a jumble of letters which cover up a address.

The emails also frequently include spelling errors.

If you receive any of these suspicious messages via email, do not click on any links asking you to Log in to PayPal and forward the email to

As well as Paypal, scammers are also looking to target vulnerable people through the cost-of-living crisis.

West Mercia Police have said that with soaring energy bills, it is inevitable that scammers with being out to exploit the public with too good to be true offers.

The scams may vary from fake Government Grants to tempting fake energy bill refunds.

West Mercia Police are advising the public to check these emails for suspicious email addresses, spelling, and grammatical errors.

If in doubt, check with your energy supplier using the phone numbers on your latest energy bill.

A national campaign which is focused on stopping these crimes advises the public to ‘Take Five To Stop Fraud‘.

The steps include:

  •  Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.