"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.

Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked Phishing Scam

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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September 11, 2018 at 7:59 AM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam
an anonymous user from: Gateshead, England, United Kingdom

Phishing text message received from: 447521255350

"Your PayPal has been temporarily locked. You have 36H to confirm the account information or your account will be closed: paypal.co.uk.o8e9.pw/m/"

The .pw top level domain has been used by a number of scammers. Do NOT attempt to follow these links. Access your PayPal account by the normal URL and, surprise, surprise, it will not be locked.


June 29, 2018 at 4:31 PM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

Received via email:

"I just received this text from 44 7707 414806:

'Your PayPal has been temporarily locked. You have 36H to confirm the account information or your account will be closed:'

And then a link- obviously haven't clicked on it."


June 20, 2018 at 9:01 AM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

Received via email:


I have just received a text message with the following "Your PayPal has been temporarily locked. You have 36H to confirm the account information or your account will be closed: hxxp://paypal.co.uk.avh3.pw/m/"


June 4, 2018 at 8:38 PM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

Received via email:

"Good Afternoon,

I have just found your email address online after searching for PayPal phishing scams. I just wanted to make you aware that I have just received a text message from 07598 020023, that read:

"Your PayPal has been temporarily locked. You have 36H to confirm the account information or your account will be closed: hxxp://paypal.co.uk.mnxu.pw/m/"

It is possible to investigate this number or make this information available via your website so that potential victims are aware of this threat.

Kind Regards,



May 22, 2018 at 5:24 AM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

"Od: PayPal in

Datum: 21. 5. 2018 v 20:34:08

Předmět: Account Is Temporarily Locked



My Orders | Help | Buyer Protection


Thank you for using PayPal but we need to update and verify all customers informations in order to better protect

This is a normal check to keep your account safe and better.

Please do not ignore this warning or you will be closed your account within 24H.

Update Your Account Now"


April 26, 2018 at 6:28 AM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

"PayPal : Your account has been locked

We detect unauthorized Login Attempts to you PayPal account from other Ip adress.

Please re-confirm your identity today or your account will be Locked,

To re-confirm your PayPal account, We recommend that you go to

Verify Now

PayPal security center

1999-2018 PayPal Inc



May 21, 2018 at 9:01 AM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

And another one sent via mobile text message from 44 7704 462279:

"Your PayPal has been temporarily locked. You have 36H to confirm the account information or you account will be closed"

There is a link which I have not clicked


June 4, 2018 at 8:26 AM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

Yeah, I got this one, but from 44 7598 017552.

Going to remind my kids about not logging in from links ... good advice!


January 10, 2018 at 3:56 PM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

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."


April 4, 2017 at 8:49 PM by
"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam

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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Change Your Account Passwords

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How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

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  • claim there’s a problem with your account or your payment information — there isn’t
  • say you need to confirm some personal or financial information — you don’t
  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

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"Your PayPal Account has been Temporarily Locked" Phishing Scam