Beware of PayPal "You Sent a Payment in the Amount Of" Phishing Scams
June 13, 2016
PayPal users, be aware of fake PayPal email messages claiming that you have sent money. The fake or phishing email messages are being sent by cybercriminals to trick PayPal users into clicking on a link within them that goes to a fake or phishing PayPal webpage. The fake webpage will then attempt to steal PayPal credentials and credit card information. So, it is important that PayPal users remember never to click on a link to sign into their PayPal accounts. They should instead, always go directly to www.paypal.com.
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A Sample of the Fake or Phishing PayPal Email Message
From: mailto:Account-mesures@ supportLoginIDS. onmicrosoft.com
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2016 1:39 PM
Subject: PAYPAL : You sent a payment in the amount of 75.20EUR ? OVH S.A.R.L
Tran saction Number : 8441N2481P54741z
You sent a payment in the amount of 75.20EUR ? OVH S.A.R.L (reservation2016@ corsicaferres.com)
It Is possible That the transaction appears after a few minutes on your account.
Having problèmes with This transaction ?
You have a période of 24 hours from the date of the transaction to cancel the payment.
*Enter all your personal information to your account!!
Click here to cancel the payment immediately.
Note: the cybercriminals may change the payment number, so look out for similar emails with different numbers.
The link in the fake email message goes to a fake PayPal web page on a compromised website that was designed by cybercriminals to trick their potential victims into entering their PayPal username, password and credit card information.
If the requested information is submitted by the potential victims, it will be sent to the cybercriminals, who will use it to steal their money and use their accounts fraudulently.
If you are tricked into submitting your PayPal credentials and credit card information on the fake web page, please change your PayPal password immediately and contact your bank and let them know that you have submitted your credit card information on a phishing website.
Remember, never click on a link to sign into your PayPal account, always go directly to: www.paypal.com and login from there.
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