The "Activate Your Account" email message below, which claims that the recipients should activate their accounts to make them more secure, is a PayPal phishing scam. The fake and fraudulent email message was created and sent by cybercriminals to trick PayPal users into visiting a phishing website that will steal their usernames and passwords.
The "PayPal Activate Your Account" Scam
From: Support.PayPal - Service@intl.com
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:09 AM
Subject: [Important] : Activate Your Account
Notice of Policy Updates
We've updated our security system to make our users accounts more secure, Now you will update your information to be able to use your account as you want just do simple steps :
1- Click the button yellow.
2- Update Your Account Details (billing - Card - Bank)
Click Here To Check your Account
*Your Account Will Be Disabled If Your Don't Update It*
The link in the fake email message goes to a fake PayPal which was created by cybercriminals to trick their potential victims into entering their PayPal username, password and credit card information on it. If the requested information is submitted by the potential victims, it will be sent to the cybercriminals, who will use it to steal their money and use their accounts fraudulently. The cyber-criminals/scammers behind the phishing email message will change the website's name, so look out for similar phishing email messages with links that go to different phishing websites.
If you are tricked into submitting your PayPal credentials and credit card information on the fake web page, please change your PayPal password immediately and contact your bank and let them know that you have submitted your credit card information on a phishing website.
Remember, never click on a link to sign into your PayPal account, always go directly to www.paypal.com and log in from there.