Phishing Scam - "PayPal Security Team Account Verification - Unusual Charges to a Credit Card"
May 1, 2016
The email message below, which claims that the recipients' PayPal accounts have blocked unusual charges to the credit card linked to their accounts, is a phishing scam. The fake or fraudulent email message was created by cyber-criminals to trick the recipients into clicking on one of the links in it, which will take them to the fake and phishing website. The fake and phishing website, which looks exactly like the legitimate PayPal website, should not be visited and the instructions on it should never be followed, because any information submitted on it will be sent to the cyber-criminals, who will use it to hijack their victims' PayPal accounts.
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Persons who have already fallen victim to the phishing scam should change their PayPal passwords immediately before they are hijacked, and check their accounts for discrepancies.
The PayPal Phishing Email Message
From: PayPal Security Team <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:10 AM
Subject: Account Verification
Dear Valued Member,
We ask for your time to carefully read this notification sent by our Account Review Team.
We have blocked unusual charges to a credit card linked to your account.
An intrusion into your account was detected which shows that someone tried to access your PayPal account without your permission. We have limited access to your account due to this problem. Moreover, we have sent you an attachment which contains all the necessary steps in order to restore your account access. Please download and open it in your browser.
Please do understand that this is a security measure taken with intention to protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience.
PayPal Security Team
It is important for online users to remember that they should never sign into their accounts by clicking on a link. They should always go directly to their online accounts' websites and sign-in from there instead.
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