Phishing: 'Credit Card Expired' PayPal Email
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Brief AnalysisThe email is not from PayPal. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into sending your PayPal account login credentials and credit card details to online criminals.
Your CreditCard info changes in your PayPal account
Dear PayPal customer,
Your CreditCard has expired. Since it's the only payment method in your account, you'll need to update your card information to continue using PayPal. Please update your card's expiration date and card security code (CSC) as soon as possible. Update card details
You can always add a new card, too.
'PayPal' Message Claims Credit Card Expired
The email instructs you to click a link to login and update your information.
Email is a Phishing Scam
If you were to click the link as instructed, you would be taken to a website that closely resembled the genuine PayPal website. Once on the fake site, you would be asked to login with your PayPal email address and password. After 'logging in', you would then be taken to an 'update' form that asks for credit card numbers and other personal information.
But, alas, all information provided on the fake site would be collected by scammers and used to hijack your account and perform fraudulent credit card transactions using your card.
PayPal Users Are Regularly Targeted
PayPal has published information on its website explaining how to recognize phishing scam attempts and how to report any scam emails that come your way.
If you receive one of these messages, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Last updated: July 4, 2014
First published: July 4, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen