According to this email, my PayPal account has been limited and I only have 24 hours to resolve this limitation.
The email, which has the subject line “recently changed password login”, claims that I can no longer access my PayPal account because it “is in danger from stealing and unauthorized use”. It instructs me to click an “Activate Now” button to deal with the problem.
Despite its appearance, however, the email is not from PayPal and the claim that my account has been limited is untrue.
The email is an attempt to trick me into divulging my personal and financial information via a fraudulent website.
If I click the button, I will be taken to a bogus PayPal login page that asks for my PayPal email address and password. Next, I will be asked to complete an “Account Update” form that requests my name and contact details, my credit card number, and other identifying information.
Scammers would then be able to collect the information I supplied and use it to take control of my PayPal account, commit fraud with my credit card, and possibly even steal my identity.
PayPal phishing scams like this are very common. Be wary of any email or text message that claims that there is a problem with your account and you must click a link or open an attachment to deal with it.
Remember that real PayPal notification emails will always address you by name. They will not omit this greeting. Nor will they use generic greetings such as “Dear User”, “Dear Customer” or “Dear [your email address]”.
PayPal has information about phishing scams and how to report them on its website.
A screenshot of the scam email:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!