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Beware of "Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

Beware of "Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

The email message below, which claims that the recipients' PayPal accounts have been temporarily locked and will be closed, 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: Your account will be closed
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:28:03 GMT
From: PayPal 154987454787@aruba.it

View your recent activity?

Your account will be closed

Dear User

Your PayPal Account has been temporarily Locked!

Update your Account Information now so not to be limited.

If you are unable to click the button below to confirm your email, please follow this link.

Click Here to Verify Now


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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  • Posted: Jan 10, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -----Original Message-----
    From: service@paypal.com <safe.servmail@verbile-acrst.com>
    Sent: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 9:28 am
    Subject: Your PayPal Has Been Locked.



    Your account has been locked until we hear from you

    We regularly check the activity of your PayPal account. Recently, we found that some of the activities you are violating your agreement with us. Therefore, we have locked your account and can not offer the service for you.

    What can i do?

    Update account information
    Using PayPal log in the list of auction or website

    What to do next?

    You have 2 days from the date of your PayPal restrictions to fully restore your account access through the Resolution Center. If we don't receive the information before this deadline, your account access may be further limited.

    Resolution Center

    Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For help, log in to your PayPal account and click Help on any PayPal page.

    To receive emails as plain text instead of HTML, change your Notifications preferences. Just log in to your PayPal account, go to your Profile and click My Settings."


  • Posted: Apr 4, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: service@paypal.com paypal@serq.com
    Subject: your paypal account has been locked

    Dear Customer
    You have received this email for security reasons.We have detected an action that seems to be unauthorized by the account owner.It seems that one or more unauthorized devices was connected to your account.

    We will ask you to confirm your information to access to your account."


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