Beware of "Your PayPal Account Will be Closed" Phishing Scam
Nov 20, 2015
The email message below with the subject: "Your PayPal account will be Closed," is a fake and a phishing scam. The email message claims that the recipients received the message because of missing or incorrect information on their accounts. But, the email message was not sent by PayPal and is a scam created by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients' PayPal usernames, passwords and credit card information. Once the scammers have the victims' information, they will use it to hijack their accounts and use their credit card information and PayPal accounts fraudulently.
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The PayPal Phishing Email Message
From: support@royalmailemailform .datasquirt.co.uk
Subject: Your PayPal account will be Closed !
Your PayPal account will be Closed !
Some information on your account appears to be missing or incorrect.
Please update your information promptly so that you can continue to enjoy.
all the benefits of your paypal account.
If you don't update your information within 72 hours, we will limit it.
What you can do with your paypal account?
We aim to review your account within 24 hours.
Please click the link below to see the steps you'll need to complete your update.
If no steps are currently listed, please check back in 24 hours.
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If you follow the instruction in the fake email message, you will be taken to a fake PayPal website and ask to sign-in with your PayPal username and password. You will then be asked to update your credit card information by entering it on the bogus PayPal page.
All the information entered on the bogus PayPal page, will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam. Once they have your PayPal credentials, they use it to hijack your account and use it for fraudulent purposes. This includes stealing money from your account, using your PayPal and credit card to make fraudulent purchases.
If you have already entered your PayPal user name,password and credit card information on the fake website, please change your PayPal password and contact your bank immediately.
Please note that PayPal will always address you by your name, and will never refer to you using the following:
Dear [Email Address]
Dear PayPal user
Dear PayPal customer
Dear Valued Customer
To avoid getting tricked by these phishing scams, never click on a link in an email message to sign into your PayPal account. Always go to www.paypal.com and sign into your account from there. PayPal will display important messages or notifications to you once you have signed into your account.
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