According to this email, which claims to be from PayPal, access to your account has been limited due to multiple unsuccessful login attempts from a foreign IP address.
The “account notification” message, which includes the PayPal logo, claims that you must click a login button to “provide some informations” about your account.
Email is Not From PayPal — Phishing Scam
However, the email is not from PayPal and the claim that your account has been limited is untrue.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a fake PayPal website that first asks you to log in with your PayPal email address and password.
After you’ve logged in, the scam website asks for your credit card numbers, your name and contact details, and other identifying information.
You may then see a final notice claiming that you have successfully verified your details and lifted the account limitation.
But, now, online criminals can collect the information you provided and use it to hijack your PayPal account, commit credit card fraud, and attempt to steal your identity.
PayPal Customers Continually Targetted
Scams like this are very common and PayPal customers are continually targeted. Be wary of any supposed PayPal email that claims that you must click a link or open an attachment to rectify an account problem, update your details, or avoid an account limitation. PayPal will not send you emails that demand that you click or open an attachment to provide sensitive account information.
And, genuine PayPal emails will ALWAYS address you by name. They will never use generic greetings such as “Dear customer.
Reporting PayPal Scams
You can report PayPal phishing scam emails that you receive via the reporting email address listed on the company’s website.
An example of the scam email:
We’ve limited access your account due to multiple unsuccessful login attempts from a foreign ip adress : USA, IP:188.8.131.52.
During the next login process, you will be required to provide some informations that only the real owner of this account knows (billing info, phone number, payment info.)