PayPal Phishing Scams - "Unauthorised Activity, We Need Verification" and "(Notice) Unauthorized Account Use"
February 18, 2016
PayPal users who have received the following messages: "Unauthorised activity, We Need Verification" and "(Notice) Unauthorized Account Use," should delete them. The messages are phishing scams, sent by cyber-criminals to trick PayPal users into visiting a fake PayPal where their account credentials (usernames and passwords) will be stolen by the same cyber-criminals. The cyber-criminals will then use the stolen credentials to hijack their victims’ PayPal accounts and use the accounts fraudulently.
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The Phishing PayPal Email Messages
Date: Sat, 9 Jan 2016 18:01:25 +0000
Subject: Unauthorised activity, We need verification
Reference #PP-003- 523- 016-361
Account Status Update Response required
Confirm your account information
Verification Required Log in to Your Account
This email contains important information about your Paypal account. Paypal is constantly working to ensure security by regularly screening the accounts in our system. We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information to help us provide you with a secure service. Until we can collect this information, your access to sensitive account features will be Iimited. We would like to restore your access as soon as possible, and we apologise for the inconvenience..to help protect your account, no one can send money or withdraw money.in addition, no one can close your account, send refunds, remove any bank accounts, or remove credit cards.
What's going on?
We're concerned that someone may be using your PayPal account without your knowledge. Recent activity from your account seems to have occurred from a new location or under circumstances that may be different to usual.
What to do?
Log In to your Paypal account as soon as possible. We may ask you to confirm information you provided when you created your account to make sure you're the account holder . You should also do the following for your own protection:
Log In : Check your account overview (cardholder name, credit card, etc.) to make sure they're accurate.
Review your account activity to make sure you recognise the transactions recently made.
Report any unknown or unauthorised activity. Go to the Resolution Centre and click Dispute a Transaction.
Subject: (Notice) Unauthorized account use
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:10:05 -0800
(PP Issue Date: Wed Feb 17 04:57:48 2016)
Protecting your account and money is important to us. We constantly review all accounts to help ensure PayPal remains a safer place to transact.
When an account is limited, you may not be able to make a payment, receive or withdraw money.
To lift a limitation, you usually need to provide information to PayPal. We'll ask you to fill in a form that could verify your account as part of our Resolution Center plan.
Case ID Number: PP-680-642-318-651
We have sent an attachment (form) through this email. Please download and open it in your browser to verify your account.
After PayPal verifies your information, the limitations will be lifted. However, if we request more information, continue to respond promptly to speed up the resolution process.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. We hope this issue gets resolved today.
Copyright 2016 PayPal Inc. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St, San Jose, CA 95131.
PayPal users, who were tricked by the phishing email messages, should change their passwords immediately and check their accounts for discrepancies, and report those discrepancies (if there is any) to PayPal.
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