PayPal Phishing Scams Continue

Online payment company, PayPal is almost continually targeted by phishing scammers. Usually, the scammers send out emails that try to trick recipients into following a link to update their PayPal account details. The emails may look quite legitimate and include PayPal logos and formatting.

Many of the scam emails claim that the recipient's PayPal account access will be restricted unless he or she updates account details. Those who fall for the ruse and click on the included link will be taken to a bogus login page that closely resembles a genuine PayPal web page. The unwitting victim may enter login details and other personal information such as credit card numbers on the bogus website. Scammers will then be able to collect all of this submitted information and use it for fraudulent activities.

PayPal has extensive information about phishing scams on its website.

See also:
Phishing Scams - Anti-Phishing Information

A typical example of a PayPal phishing scam email:

Dear PayPal Member,

This e-mail was sent to you because we have detected an error in your billing information on file with Paypal during our regular schedule account maintenance and verification. This might be due to either following reasons:

A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change
of address).
Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up
An inability to accurately verify your selected option of
payment due
an internal error with our processors.

Click or copy into your browser the link below and confirm your Paypal account information, otherwise your Paypal account access will become restricted:

[Link to bogus website removed]

Thank you for your patience as we work together to protect your



PayPal, Security Advisor. Please do not reply to this e-mail.
Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

2007 Paypal Corporation. All rights reserved.

PayPal Email ID PP562

posted by Brett Christensen @ 8:11 AM,


At August 3, 2008 4:43 PM, Blogger french mistress said...

I've had another similar one:

PayPal is constantly working to ensure security by regularly screening the accounts in our system. We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information to help us provide you with secure service. Until we can collect this information, your access to sensitive account features will be limited. We would like to restore your access as soon as possible, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Why is my account access limited?
Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):
August 03 , 2008: We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third party. Because protecting the security of your account is our primary concern, we have limited access to sensitive PayPal account features. We understand that this may be an inconvenience but please understand that this temporary limitation is for your protection.

To remove the limitation for your sensitive account features we need more information to help us provide you with secure service by clicking the link below:


(Your case ID for this reason is PP-137-143-712.)
Thank you for using PayPal
The PayPal Team

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and click the Help link located in the top right corner of any PayPal page.

PayPal Email ID PP233


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