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Look Out for "PayPal Your Account has been Limited" Phishing Scams

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Look Out for "PayPal Your Account has been Limited" Phishing Scams

PayPal users who have received email messages claiming that their accounts have been limited are asked not to follow the instructions in them. This is because the fake emails are phishing scams being sent by online scammers, and not by PayPal. The aim of the scammers is to steal the recipients' PayPal usernames, passwords and credit card information, which they(scammers) will use to hijack their accounts and use them fraudulently.

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A Sample of the "Your Account has been Limited" PayPal Scam

From: Service-PayPal@account.com <abuse-newreportedusertemporary043- notrpletasdthisemailkontoldeasdqwcomhretyopig @accountlockedsaccessbefore- reportloginstatmentprimaryprivacypolicesecured -noticetopaypal.com. account.live.com>

Date: 17 August 2017 at 19:08:22 BST

Subject: [Summary Report Reminder]: Statement Account LIMITED (Your Case ID Number: PP-002-604-197-124).

Case ID Number: PP-002-604-197-123

Dear,

Your account has limited 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 logo in the list of auction or website

What can't i do?

Send or received money

Withdraw money from your account

Add or remove a cards & bank account

Dispute a transaction

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

If the instructions in the phishing scam are followed, the potential victims will be taken to a fake PayPal website and ask to sign-in with their PayPal usernames and passwords. They will then be asked to update their 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 online scammers behind the scam. Once they have their potential victims' PayPal credentials, they use it to hijack their accounts and use them fraudulently. This includes stealing money from their accounts, using their PayPal accounts and credit cards to make fraudulent purchases. Victims who have already entered their PayPal user names, passwords and credit card information on the fake website are asked to change their PayPal password and contact PayPal and their bank immediately for help.

Please note that PayPal will always address their users by name and will never refer to them using the following:

  • Dear [Email Address]
  • Dear PayPal customer
  • Dear Valued Customer
  • Dear Member
  • Dear User
  • Dear Customer

To avoid getting tricked by these phishing scams, PayPal users are asked never click on a link in an email message to sign into their PayPal accounts. They should always go to www.paypal.com and sign into their accounts from there. After signing in, PayPal will display important messages or notifications to them.

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  • Posted: Feb 8 at 11:50 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "PayPal Support." <bismillah@alliterationabout.com>
    Date: February 8, 2018 at 2:23:55 PM CST
    Subject: Account Review

    PayPal
    Your account will be Iimited because we've noticed significant changes ln your account activity. As your payment processor, we need to understand these changes better.

    This account Iimitation will affect your ability to:

    Send or receive money
    Withdraw money
    Also, you won't be able to:

    Remove any accounts
    Remove credit cards
    Close your account
    What to do next

    Please log in to your account and provide the requested information before March 31, 2018 through the Account Review. If we don't receive the information before this deadline or we notice additional significant changes in your account activity, your account access may be further Iimited.


    Log In Now

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you need further assistance, please click Contact at the bottom of any page.

    Copyright © 1999-2018 Company. All rights reserved. Company (Europe) S.à r.l. et Cie, S.C.A., Société en Commandite par Actions. Registered office: 22-24 Boulevard Royal, L-2449, Luxembourg, R.C.S. Luxembourg B 118 349."

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  • Posted: Jan 28 at 9:32 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "On Saturday, January 27, 2018 11:12 PM, Support <e680d38f0563c 085bbd605c7d9a75388@e680d38f 0563c085bbd605c7d9a75388microsoft.com> wrote:

    ΡayΡal

    Yοur accοunt is limited yοu have tο sοlve the prοblem in 24 hοurs
    Hellο customer,
    We are sοrry tο infοrm yοu that yοu can nοt access all yοur advantages like sending mοney and purchasing,due tο accοunt limitatiοn
    Why my accοunt is limited? Because we think that yοur accοunt is in danger frοm stealing and unauthοrized uses
    Because we think that yοur accοunt is in danger frοm stealing and unauthοrized uses
    Whаt dο i need tο dο ?

    What can I dο tο resοlve the prοblem? Yοu have tο cοnfirm all yοur accοunt details οn our secure server by click the link bellοw and fοlοwing all the steps
    Resοlve yοur accοunt"

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  • Posted: Jan 9, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal Service <payment.creditcarda2@automatically-generated.securedloginpypalcpcls.com>
    Date: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:26 AM
    To: <service@intl.paypal.com>
    Subject: Re : [New Statement] Your Account Has Been Limited

    Dear Costumer

    We found problem on your PayPal account
    You can view your problem and download Summary in the form (Doc)
    we have provided

    Sincerely,

    PayPal"

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  • Posted: Jan 9, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal Service <payment.creditcarda5@automatically-generated.securedloginpypalcpcls.com>
    Sent: 09 January 2018 10:01
    To: service@intl.paypal.com
    Subject: Re : [New Statement] Your Account Has Been Limited

    Download or read the attached document and restore the account according to the instructions.

    Sincerely,
    PayPal"

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  • Posted: Jan 6, 2018 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "service@paypal.com" <reportresolvednoreply@paypal.limitedsupport.com>
    Date: 25 December 2017 at 19:50:23 GMT
    Subject: [Summary Report] Your ΡayΡal account has been Iimited

    PayPal

    To protect your account, the system automatically set your account into limited state to prevent of possible fraud activity.

    Notice To,

    Your PayPal account was logged in from another device
    with details :

    - IP address : 67.54.12.23
    - Country : United States (US)

    - State : New York (NY)
    - Device : Mac Os

    we are so sorry for this inconvenience we've set your account into Limited Status to prevent illegal transaction from unknown device, please follow this step to re-active your account.

    Restore Access

    "If this message sent as Junk or Spam, its just an error by our new system, please click at Not Junk or Not Spam"

    Sincerely,
    Paypal"

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  • Posted: Dec 27, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Bury St Edmunds, England, United Kingdom

    I had one from 07718 360927.

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  • Posted: Dec 21, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: service@limited.paypal.account.com
    Sent: 21 December 2017 06:58
    Subject: RE: REMINDER [ACTION REQUIRED] Your PayPal Account Will Be Limited.

    We emailed you a little while ago to ask for your help resolving an issue with your PayPal account. Your account is still temporarily limited because we haven't heard from you.

    We understand it may be frustrating not to have full access to your PayPal account. We want to work with you to get your account back to normal as quickly as possible.

    W52h80a14t66'72s49 43t24h61e44 90p77r41o22b43l65e16m43?47
    We noticed some unusual activity on the credit card linked to your PayPal account.

    Case ID Number: PP-003-523-101-651
    H67o95w19 39y86o83u83 12c63a16n85 85h70e97l50p25
    It's usually pretty easy to take care of things like this. Most of the time, we just need a little more information about your account or latest transactions.
    To help us with this and to see what you can and can't do with your account until the issue is resolved, log in to your account and go to the section limited.

    Sincerely,
    PayPal

    Facebook

    This email was sent by an automated system, so if you reply, nobody will see it. To get in touch with us, log in to your account and click "Contact Us" at the bottom of any page.

    Copyright © 1999-2017 PayPal. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.
    PayPal Email ID PP003 - bc0942564fc04"

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  • Posted: Nov 28, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal <info@paypal.pro>
    Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 7:18:24 PM
    Subject: Activate your account

    This message is from a trusted sender.

    Ref:L2D-R40-B89

    PayPal

    Your account has been limited.

    Dear customer.

    We've limited your account access for the following reason, Your last login attempt failed from an unknown ip in Germany, Here at PayPal your security is our top priority.

    To be sure your information stays protected against security threats Click the update Button and answer the following questions given remembering to keep your refrence number safe.

    Yours sincerly,
    PayPal Support Team.

    Update

    This PayPal notification has been sent via email. If you want to be informed about our updates and spec"

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  • Posted: Nov 7, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "PayPal .Support" <efaefea3wfr@kontolskuda.com>
    Date: November 4, 2017 at 3:23:34 AM MDT
    Subject: Paypal account activity

    PayPal

    Your account will be limited because we've noticed significant changes ln your account activity. As your payment processor, we need to understand these changes better.
    This account Iimitation will affect your ability to:
    Send or receive money

    Withdraw money
    Also, you won't be able to:
    Remove any accounts

    Remove credit cards

    Close your account
    What to do next

    Please log in to your account and provide the requested information before november 06, 2017 through the Account Review. If we don't receive the information before this deadline or we notice additional significant changes in your account activity, your account access may be further Iimited.

    Log In Now
    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you need further assistance, please click Contact at the bottom of any page."

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  • Posted: Oct 1, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

    Please note: There are several indications that the email is dodgy.

    1. The 'PayPal' logo is typed letter by letter i.e It isn't an icon and isn't a clickable link.

    2. The email spells 'October' in German, while using US spelling for 'unrecognised'

    "On Sunday, Oktober 01 2017, We noticed a successful sign in to your ΡayΡal account from an unrecognized device."

    3. All the links (Contact Us, Privacy, Legal, Worldwide) in the email at the bottom of the page point to http://edition.cnn.com/ .... the cnn news pages.

    4. The 'Resolution Centre' button points to 'hxxp://bitly.com/2fZqj8f' which redirects into 'hxxps://l.ogs.serves-csa-contant.info/signin/' .... obviously these aren't the expected 'https://www.paypal.com/uk/signin' link.

    Best Advice Is Always Go To Websites Via Searched For Links And Never Ever Use Links In Emails.

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