Beware of “Welcome to PayPal! Activate Your Account Now” Phishing Scam
May 29, 2016
The email message below: "Welcome to PayPal! Activate your account now," which claims that the recipients' PayPal accounts have been created and need to be activated, 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
Subject: Welcome to PayPal! Activate your account now
Confirm your email address to activate your PayPal account
Congratulations! Your PayPal account has been created.
Join over 160 million people to shop worldwide with PayPal by activating your account now.to activate your account, simply confirm this email address by clicking the button below.
Yes, this is my email address
Once you've activated your account, you can add a payment method (your bank account, credit or debit card) to your PayPal account. You can then shop from your computer and mobile devices any time while being protected by PayPal Buyer Protection on eligible purchases!
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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