"Your Account Has Been Closed in 24 Hour" PayPal Phishing Scam
The Phishing PayPal Email Message
From: PayPal.Inc <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 21 April 2017 00:08
Your Account Has Been Closed in 24 Hour.
We've recently posted updates on our "Policy Security Update". We detected Unusual signin
on your account Complete Step to Secure your account, Update your identity informations And Restore your account.
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If you follow the instruction in the fake email message, you will be taken to a fake PayPal website and ask to sign-in with your PayPal username and password. You will then be asked to update your credit card information by entering it on the bogus PayPal page.
All the information entered on the bogus PayPal page will be sent to the cybercriminals behind the scam. Once they have your PayPal credentials, they use it to hijack your account and use it for fraudulent purposes. This includes stealing money from your account, using your PayPal and credit card to make fraudulent purchases.
If you have already entered your PayPal username, password and credit card information on the fake website, please change your PayPal password and contact your bank immediately.
Please note that PayPal will always address you by your name, and will never refer to you using the following:
- Hello Dear
- Dear [Email Address]
- Dear PayPal user
- Dear PayPal customer
- Dear Valued Customer
- Dear Member
- Dear User
- Dear Customer
To avoid getting tricked by these phishing scams, never click on a link in an email message to sign into your PayPal account. Always go to www.paypal.com and sign into your account from there. PayPal will display important messages or notifications to you once you have signed into your account.
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