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PayPal ‘ Multiple Unsuccessful Login Attempts’ Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

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:

PayPal Multiple Login Attempts ScamTranscript of email:

Account Notification
Dear customer.
We’ve limited access your account due to multiple unsuccessful login attempts from a foreign ip adress : USA, IP:
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.)

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,