PayPal Account Limited Phishing Scam

by on 04/12/2012 in Scams & Hoaxes, Security

There’s an email purporting to be from PayPal, claiming that your account has been limited for more than 7 days. This email notification is not from PayPal! This is a phishing scam engineered to steal personal identifiable information from recipients who received this email scam.

The items in the email look exactly like the real PayPal site. The scammers re-purpose images and content to mimic the real site to fool people into believing that the email came from PayPal. If you receive a notification email from PayPal like the one below, delete it immediately.

Actual Email Content

PayPal Account Limited Phishing Scam

The link inside the email goes to http://paypalaccounts.com which has no affiliation with PayPal. Scammers are crafty people who will do whatever it takes to bait people into thinking that these email notifications are real. They even go through great lengths by registering domain names that include the brand name.

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10 Responses to “PayPal Account Limited Phishing Scam”

  1. Andrew

    Apr 15th, 2012

    I received the same email and lucky I found your information, thanks for sharing this helpful warning.

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    Apr 17th, 2012

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  3. Eric

    Apr 17th, 2012

    I received lots of similar emails and i think that PayPal should pay attention to this situation.

    • Frank Jovine

      Apr 18th, 2012

      Eric,

      That goes for Yahoo as well. It seems like many of these online brands are unaware of scams using their brand. It amazes me.

      • Beth Dongon

        May 13th, 2012

        Same here, been receiving many such emails from PayPal…and lately from Microsoft Awards about my email Luckily winning a Microsoft lottery? …good thing I read your info…thanks

        • Frank Jovine

          May 13th, 2012

          Beth,

          Glad I can help and thank you for visiting our site!

  4. Rajiv

    Apr 23rd, 2012

    This should be useful for paypal users, thanks for update.

  5. paypal account

    May 8th, 2012

    PayPal acts like a digital wallet where you can securely store all your payment options, such as your bank account and credit card. When you want to make a payment, you don’t have to pull out your credit card or type your billing info every time.

    • Beth Dongon

      May 13th, 2012

      My husband recently got a call from PayPal, a guy who can barely speak English, informing him about his Paypal account being limited for 7 days…I doubt if it was really somebody from Paypal…

      • Frank Jovine

        May 13th, 2012

        Beth,

        PayPal would never call its customers and would only send notification that you would need to log in to your PayPal account to read them…