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

2017-09-24T21:45:34  +
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: Nov 9, 2018 at 9:27 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal Service
    Sent: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 7:50 PM
    Subject: Alert : Important about your account..

    Click here to view this message in your browser.
    ΡayΡal

    Dear CIient,

    We regret to infοrm you of this bad news

    We have put your accoυnt in the list of limited accoυnts
    because your accoυnt is not safe and we need a little bit to a few infοrmation to prοtect yοur accoυnt.

    Click the bυtton below and follow the steps simply

    Lοg in Accοunt

    Yours Sincerely.
    ΡayΡal"

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  • Posted: Oct 19, 2018 at 6:07 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Service
    Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:17 PM
    Subject: FG:FWD: Your account access has been limited PP-85-46-01-28

    Did you just Login?

    PayPal

    Dear Customer,
    Your Case ID: PP-009-92-75-03.

    We need you to confirm your (Full name, Billing Address, Identity) to remove limitation from your account and continue use our services.
    Please enter your information exactly as it appears on your official identification document.

    Confirm
    Sincerely,
    The PayPal Accounts Team."

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  • Posted: Oct 17, 2018 at 1:45 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal
    Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:42 PM
    Subject: Important

    Review your information.


    Your Account Has Been Limited.

    Hello,
    We sent you an email some time ago we ask for your help to resolve an issue with your account. Since we haven't heard back from you and we need you to provide some information, your account is temporarily limited. Some information on your account appears to be missing or incorrect. Please update your account promptly so that you can continue all the benefits of your PayPal account.

    How to remove the limitation ?

    Just 3 easy steps:
    1- Click the link below.
    2- Login to your PayPal account.
    3- Follow the instructions.
    Review Your Information"

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  • Posted: Sep 2, 2018 at 9:55 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Dear user you have some problem in your paypal account !
    Sun 9/2/2018 6:31 PM
    From: Customer Service

    PayPal

    Update your account's informations.
    Â
    Account Limitation.
    We noticed some unusual login activity with your account.And after a review we decided to limit your access to your paypal account.

    Closing Your Account.
    We will close your account after 3 days (72 hours) And you will be banned permanently from our site.

    How to avoid closing your account.
    All you need to do is to click the button "Update Now" And logging in there and updating your informations."

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  • Posted: Jul 18, 2018 at 2:10 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: paypal
    Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 8:52:21 AM CDT
    Subject: your paypal account has been limited

    PayPal
    Dear

    Your account access has been Iimited because we've noticed significant changes in your account activity. As your payment processor, We need to understand these changes better.

    This Iimitation wiII affect your abiIity to:

    Payment for purchase
    Send or receive money
    Withdraw money
    Close your account

    What to do next:

    Please login to your account and provide the requested information, before
    48 Hours: through the Account Review, If we don't receive the information before this deadline or we notice additional significant changes in your identity and recent account activity, Your account access may be further Iimited

    Resolve It Now
    Sincerely,
    PayPal

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  • Posted: Jul 10, 2018 at 3:06 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: PayPaI
    Date: 10 July 2018 at 00:59
    Subject: Your account has been Iimited untiI we hear from you

    Notice of Policy Updates

    Dear Customer,

    Our technical support and customer department has recently suspected activities in your account.

    Therefore we have decided to temporarly suspend your account until investigating yo ur recent activiies. Such things can happen if you clicked a suspecious link on social media or gave your password to someone else.

    We're always concerned about our customers security so please help us recover your account by following the link below.

    Check My Account

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  • Posted: May 18, 2018 at 7:54 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Homestead, Florida, United States

    I received this:

    "From "Service"
    Dear (email address@bellsouth.net)
    We have noticed that some data from your account information seems inaccurate or unverified. You have to check your information in order to continue using our service smoothly, please check your account information by clicking the link below.

    If you need help or have any questions, call us at 65-6510-4584, 7:00 WIB to 21:00 WIB from Monday to Friday, 8:00 WIB to 17:00 WIB from Saturday to Sunday."

    I live in the U.S.A. So none of that is my time zone or phone numbers.

    PLEASE BE AWARE!!

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  • Posted: Apr 17, 2018 at 11:27 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Important - You've notification about unusual activity on your PayPal Account
    PayPal Services
    Mon 4/16/2018, 10:22 AM
    Dear fatta77@hotmail.com,

    Remember, You still need to take action to restore your PayPal account. until you do, your acces is limited

    What's goind on?

    We noticed some unusual activity on your PayPal account for more information please check PDF file and dont concened about potential unauthorized account access.

    MAKE SURE YOUR ACCOUNT IS SAFE

    Whay do I need to do?

    Log in to your PayPal account and complete the steps required to re-secure your account.

    if you need help or have any question, call us at 1-888-221-1161

    Sincerely,

    PayPal

    Copyright ⓒ 1999-2018 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.

    PayPal PPC003261:1.22:9888e1f2e30db"

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  • Posted: Mar 28, 2018 at 5:36 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "Paypal"
    Date: March 28, 2018 at 3:25:16 PM MDT
    Subject: Your account access is locked

    Your Account Will Be Limited

    Dear Customer ,
    Your Account Will Be Limited , Until We Here From You .
    To Update Your Info . Simply click on the web address below
    or copy and paste the link into your browser

    Update Now"

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  • Posted: Feb 8, 2018 at 11:50 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "PayPal Support."
    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, 2018 at 9:32 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "On Saturday, January 27, 2018 11:12 PM, Support 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 at 8:42 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal Service
    Date: Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:26 AM
    To:
    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"

    delete


  • Posted: Jan 9, 2018 at 6:38 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal Service
    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"

    delete


  • Posted: Jan 6, 2018 at 7:22 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "service@paypal.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 at 6:58 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Bury St Edmunds, England, United Kingdom

    I had one from 07718 360927.

    delete


  • Posted: Dec 21, 2017 at 9:32 AM 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 at 5:31 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: PayPal
    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"

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 7, 2017 at 1:46 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "PayPal .Support"
    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 at 12:01 PM by an anonymous user from or near: London, 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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