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Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:18:58 PM »
This is what came in my email address today (10/15/2015). I think the time throw me off.

The subject line: [PayPal] Unfortunately, Account Status Update 15/10/2014 06:33:07

Your PayPal account will be Limited !


Dear Customer,
Some information on your account appears to be missing or incorrect.
Please update your information promptly so that you can continue to enjoy
all the benefits of your paypal account.
If you don't update your information within 72 hours. we'll limit
What you can do with your paypal account?
We aim to review your account within 72 hours.
Please click the link below to see the steps you'll need to complete you update.
If no steps are currently listed, please check back in 24 hours.

Learn More As always, if you need help or have any questions,
give us a call or go to our Help Center.
You can find the link on any page of our website.


Thank you for being a PayPal customer.
PayPal
_________________________________________
Fake PayPal emails or spoof websites If you received what looks like a fake PayPal email, or you've come across a spoof PayPal website, please report it to us by forwarding the original email or URL to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. Items not received or a potential fraudulent seller.
_________________________________________
The real PayPal said:

Dear Ms Katrina Lay,
Thank you for being a proactive contributor by reporting
suspicious-looking emails to PayPal's Abuse Department. Our security
team is working to identify if the email you forwarded to us is a
malicious email.
Paypal Will Always:
- Address our customers by their first and last name or business name of
their PayPal account
Paypal Will Never:
- Send an email to: "Undisclosed Recipients" or more than one email
address
- Ask you to download a form or file to resolve an issue
- Ask in an email to verify an account using Personal Information such
as Name, Date of Birth, Driver's License, or Address
- Ask in an email to verify an account using Bank Account Information
such as Bank Name, Routing Number, or Bank Account PIN Number
- Ask in an email to verify an account using Credit Card Information
such as Credit Card Number or Type, Expiration Date, ATM PIN Number, or
CVV2 Security Code
- Ask for your full credit card number without displaying the type of
card and the last two digits
- Ask you for your full bank account number without displaying your bank
name, type of account (Checking/Savings) and the last two digits
- Ask you for your security question answers without displaying each
security question you created
- Ask you to ship an item, pay a shipping fee, send a Western Union
Money Transfer, or provide a tracking number before the payment received
is available in your transaction history
READ!
Any time you receive an email about changes to your PayPal account, the
safest way to confirm the email's validity is to log in to your PayPal
account where any of the activity reported in the email will be
available to view. DO NOT USE THE LINKS IN THE EMAIL RECEIVED TO VISIT
THE PAYPAL WEBSITE. Instead, enter You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login into your browser to
log in to your account.
What is a phishing email?
You may have received an email falsely claiming to be from PayPal or
another known entity. This is called "phishing" because the sender is
"fishing" for your personal data. The goal is to trick you into clicking
through to a fake or "spoofed" website, or into calling a bogus customer
service number where they can collect and steal your sensitive personal
or financial information.
We will carefully review the content reported to us to certify that the
content is legitimate. We will contact you if we need any additional
information for investigating the matter. Please take note to the
security tips provided above as they may help to answer any questions
that you may have about the email you are reporting to us.
Help! I responded to a phishing email!
If you have responded to a phishing email and provided any personal
information, or if you think someone has used your account without
permission, you should immediately change your password and security
questions.
You should also report it to PayPal immediately and we'll help protect
you as much as possible.
1. Open a new browser and type in You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.
2. Log in to your PayPal account.
3. Click "Security and Protection" near the top of the page.
4. Click "Identify a problem."
5. Click "I think someone may be using my account without permission."
6. Click "Unauthorized Account Activity."
Thank you for your help making a difference.
Every email counts. By forwarding a suspicious-looking email to
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, you have helped keep yourself and others safe from
identity theft.
Thanks,
The PayPal Team
***********************************************************************
Please do not reply to this email. If you need to follow up, please
follow the steps above to access your account and utilize the Contact Us
resources from our site.
***********************************************************************

Tip: All way close out all your accounts when your are online. Don't think you are the only one that might be using your computer. One day I was sitting at my computer and my mouse start to move by itself. I knew what time it was. Hacker can hack in to your computer. I log out the internet, turn off my computer. Turn it back on and ran my virus protection. I guess having virus protection is a must have because I don't see it happen to me as much. I just want to share.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 04:56:03 AM »
Thanks for this - it can never be said enough.

If you ever do receive one of these emails and you aren't sure if it's genuine, don't click the links in it to go to the website. Always open the website in a new tab by either typing in the address or googling it.


Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 04:56:03 AM »
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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2014, 10:20:33 AM »
Thanks for sharing this, I've never received something similar, but I'll pay attention if I eventually do receive.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 04:33:43 AM »
If you use a client like Live Mail then you simply place your cursor over the link (don't click) and it will show you the link URL and thus you can easily establish if it leads to their official page or if it s a scam email.

The key is to be sensible. :)


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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2014, 08:02:10 AM »
Tough for me, I got the real one from PayPal and now I have to wait for them to review my info. It's frustrating though since I don't know how long till my limitation will be lifted. I looked around the PayPal forum community and there were some whose accounts were lifted after a week or 2 weeks, but there were some who were still waiting for almost a month!

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2014, 01:55:29 AM »
This is a very informative and useful post as we all use Paypal or majority of those who work online have Paypal accounts.
I have received such kind of mail too and some other kinds of mails that I just do not mind. Specially if its located in my spam email, I never bother to open the mail and will just delete it. It is always better to be cautious and alert since it is about the money we earned.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2014, 09:21:35 AM »
Thank you for giving us a heads up on this.  Paypal is used so frequently, naturally someone is going to try to use it as a scam.  I hope no one ended up giving away too much personal information because of those emails.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2014, 07:08:18 PM »
It is good to be aware of these sort of scams, as some people may think it is the real one and reply to the email and information given to the scaammer and used for their own needs.
I have got those in my junk email and ignore them, as they are not from the company and trying to make people think they are from  the people and trying to scare people into giving information.
It is a good thing to logout of any websites you are on when finished using them, otherwise your information can be stolen or used for wrong use by the hacker.
Hackers or scammers target websites which are used a lot and try and use it for fraud, and make money by stealing information and have no morals when doing it in the first place.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2014, 10:03:44 PM »
Wow I just received an email like that but I did not respond.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2014, 06:12:28 AM »
I received one of these last year - and promptly reported it to paypal.  I am still amazed by the number of people who fall for these scams.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2014, 01:07:29 PM »
I always have these scam emails. There are a load of scammers out there trying to get your information at all times.  You have to smart when looking at emails and always research before giving out your information. I know I was almost scammed many times. I am very careful now.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2014, 12:53:23 PM »
I feel that most people already don't fall for this, I mean, this is quite obvious that it's a scam, so we are better off deleting these messages.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2014, 03:56:51 PM »
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I feel that most people already don't fall for this, I mean, this is quite obvious that it's a scam, so we are better off deleting these messages.

I think it is still important to report them.  There are always new people joining the web - from older people to those in less developed countries and these newbies are going to be vulnerable.  I think it essential those of us more experienced do our bit to help the authorities take action against those who would con them.

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2014, 07:49:38 PM »
Excellent information.  With so many scam artist out there attempting to gain access to your information, you can not be to careful.  Whenever I receive an email saying there is something wrong with any account I have, I got to the site to find out for sure and do not use the links in the email.  You can't be to careful these days.  Thanks for the information! ;D

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Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2014, 08:37:33 PM »
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Thanks for this - it can never be said enough.

If you ever do receive one of these emails and you aren't sure if it's genuine, don't click the links in it to go to the website. Always open the website in a new tab by either typing in the address or googling it.

Exactly. Go directly to the website yourself in a new window.

Re: Example of what looks like a fake PayPal email
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