In light of all of the phishing scams out there, if an email stating you’re the lucky winner of 500 units of cash money from PayPal somehow wound up in your inbox it would be deleted without so much as a second thought.
But what happens if the email looks legit? In fact, what happens if during this time that you have received said email PayPal was genuinely running a promotional campaign offering that amount to 10 random people each day, as long as they used the service that week? Then what?
Well that’s exactly what happened to some PayPal users in Germany yesterday when they received an official email stating they had won ‚500. But upon login into their accounts they found nothing.
What happened was PayPal did actually send those emails, but it did so accidentally. PayPal Germany did offer an explanation and an apology on their Facebook page stating that it was “due to a technical error” and winners have not yet been chosen. This is like winning the lottery only to have the fifth and final ball fall out of the chamber after being selected and a different ball taking its place, oops.
No word on if any legal action at this time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some shortly.