If visitors to the fake website attempt to sign-in, their PayPal username and password will be sent to the online scammers, who will use the stolen credentials to gain access to their potential victims' accounts.
This why PayPal users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, especially links in email messages. They should instead, go directly to www.paypal.com and sign-in from there.
The "You've Got Money! Fund On Hold By PayPal" Phishing Scam
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: May 29, 2018 at 1:23 PM
Subject: *** You've Got Money! Fund On Hold By PayPal *** Complete Transaction Immediately *** Transaction ID: 4X56274BHE1267514M
Rose Williams paid you through PayPal.
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This email confirms that Rose Williams has sent you $1,00 0.00 CAD
Status: Pending96% Done......
View the "NOTE" of this pending transaction below
Note From Buyer:
As requested by PayPal, I included $350.00 CAD meant for Pick up Fee and extra $50.00 CAD for Western Union Charges.
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Summary of this Payment
Transaction ID: 4X56274BHE1267514M
Payment number May 29, 2018
Items Price, $600 CAD
Pick-up & Delivery Fee
Western Union Fee
$1,000 .00 CAD
Name: Laura Wilson
Zip Code: 00229
The total fund has been deducted from the buyer's ( Rose Williams) account including our service charges and a temporary hold as been placed on it by our fund verification team, the payment will not show up in your account balance due to the temporary hold placed on it. The total fund is being held at our fund verification team desk for verification due to the Route of the transaction. Below is the verification procedure you are to follow before we can release the total sum of $1,000.00 CAD which is on hold to your account.
1. You are to send the added shipping fee upfront to the shipping agent's name and address below via Western Union at any of Western Union location.
2. Forward the Western Union money transfer confirmation copy to us at firstname.lastname@example.org after sending the shipping fee, scan the copy of the Western Union receipt that was given to you at a Western Union office to us so we can proceed in our verification process and release the total fund to your account few hours after we get the requirement from you.
The Buyer will not be permitted to reverse the fund before or after you have sent the shipping fee of $350.00 CAD to the shipping agent's name and address below via Western Union Transfer.This means that you are also safe and secure by sending the shipping fee upfront to complete this transaction.
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