Beware of "PayPal Account Password has been Changed" Phishing Scams

Beware of "PayPal Account Password has been Changed" Phishing Scams

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PayPal users who have received email messages like the one below, which claim their PayPal account passwords have been changed are asked not to click on the link in the email messages. This is because the link or button in the fake email messages go to a phishing website looking similar to PayPal's website, where visitors will be asked to sign into with their PayPal account. But, any attempts to sign into the fake PayPal website will send the visitors' PayPal credentials to the cybercriminals behind the phishing scam, who will hijack the accounts and use them fraudulently.

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The "PayPal Account Password has been Changed" Phishing Scam

From: security@paypal.com <apc12toyourinboxfocused@dump-apc.com>

Sent: 21 July 2017 05:14

Subject: Re: Important - You've just changed your password on your PayPal account from google chrome in Toronto, Canada.

Dear Customer,

We just wanted to confirm that you've changed your password. Unfortunately, our system detected that your account has been logged from Toronto, Canada.

Please take action on your account soon. It's important that you let us know because it helps us prevent unauthorised persons from accessing the PayPal network and your account information.

Follow this step:

Log in using your account.

Go to the Resolution Center.

Provide the information requested.

Resolve Now



This is why it is important that PayPal users remember never to click on a link to sign into their accounts. They should always go directly to www.paypal.com and sign-in from there instead. Once they have signed into their accounts will be notified of changes and other important updates if there is any. This will prevent them from becoming victims of phishing scams, where cyber criminals steal their credentials, hijack their accounts, steal their money, and use their accounts fraudulently.

PayPal users who have already been tricked by a phishing scam, are asked to change their passwords and contact PayPal immediately for help.

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers in email samples on this website may have been impersonated.

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  • Jan 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPaI Notification <statementnotificationqwobmnk@supported-pecies.com>
    Date: January 1, 2018 at 14:14:23 EST
    To: undisclosed-recipients:;
    Subject: [ Security ] [ Account ] [ Alert ] You've success changed password PayPaI account

    Dear Customer,

    We just wanted to confirm that you’ve changed your password. If you didn’t make this change, please login to your PayPal account now.

    Login to PayPal
    It’s important that you let us know because it helps us prevent unauthorised persons from accessing the PayPal network and your account information.

    Tips to help protect your password:

    Never share your password with anyone.
    Create passwords that are hard to guess and don’t use personal information. Be sure to include uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.
    Use different passwords for each of your online accounts.
    Yours sincerely,


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