PayPal Account Dispute Scam

by on 12/09/2010 in Scams & Hoaxes, Security

There’s an email purporting to be from PayPal, claiming that the recipient must verify their account within 7 days or the account will be permanently suspended. The link in the email leads to a phishing scam and other security risks. The current site we checked was offline, but these scammers can set up shop pretty fast by hosting web sites on their personal computer that include IP (Internet Protocol) addresses as the web address. These web addresses are masked by using anchor text to disguise the IP.PayPal Dispute Scam

IP Address: 88.208.252.194

The email is not from PayPal. It is a phishing scam that’s designed to steal personal information to be used for unlawful activity. Delete this email immediately and do not click any links in the email.

Example Email

Dear PayPal Customer,

PayPal is constantly working to ensure your security by regularly screening accounts. We recently reviewed your account, and our system shows that you have not yet completed the verification stage of your PayPal account.

Click here and follow the steps.

This must be completed within 7 days otherwise your PayPal account will be
permanently suspended. Completing the steps will automatically restore your account
access to normal.

Thank you for using PayPal

The PayPal Team

PayPal will never send its customers unsolicited emails asking them to provide personal information.

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One Response to “PayPal Account Dispute Scam”

  1. Hottie Hair Salon - Las Vegas

    Dec 14th, 2010

    I got scammed about 5 years ago by one of these types of emails. Believe me it has made me allot more savy since then. Luckily my bank was able to refund the money they took.