The email message below, which claims that the recipients' PayPal accounts have been blocked and they need to click on a link in order to unblock, is a phishing scam. The fake or fraudulent email message was created by cyber-criminals to trick the recipients into clicking on one of the links in it, which will take them to the fake and phishing website. The fake and phishing website, which looks exactly like the legitimate PayPal website, should not be visited and the instructions on it should never be followed because any information submitted on it will be sent to the cyber-criminals, who will use it to hijack their victims' PayPal accounts.
Persons who have already fallen victim to the phishing scam should change their PayPal passwords immediately before they are hijacked, and check their accounts for discrepancies.
The PayPal Phishing Email Message
From: PayPal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 8:42 AM
Subject: Your PayPal User Account BLOCKED
PayPal User Account Is BLOCKED
Click UNBLOCK to confirm.
PayPal Holdings, Inc.
It is important for online users to remember that they should never sign into their accounts by clicking on a link. They should always go directly to their online accounts' websites and sign-in from there instead.
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