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PayPal “Your Account Has Been Limited Until We Hear From You” Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Email claiming to be from PayPal warns that some of your activities have violated your agreement with PayPal and the company has limited your account as a result. The message urges you to click a “Resolution Center” button to restore your account access.




Analysis:
The email is not from PayPal. It is a phishing scam designed to steal your information.

If you click the button, you will be taken to a fake PayPal website and asked to provide your account login credentials, your credit card details, and a large amount of other personal and financial information. The fake site will claim that you need to provide the information to successfully restore your account.

The information you supply can be collected by criminals and used to conduct fraudulent transactions via both your PayPal account and your credit card. And, if they have collected enough of your information, they may be able to steal your identity as well.

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PayPal scam messages like this one are very common. Be wary of any message that claims to be from PayPal and demands that you click a link to resolve a supposed account issue. Remember that genuine PayPal messages will always address you by name. They will never use generic greetings such as “Dear Customer”.  It is always safest to access your PayPal account by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.

You can report PayPal phishing scam emails via the reporting email address listed on the company’s website.

Example:
PayPal Account Limited Until We Hear From You Scam



Last updated: December 18, 2016
First published: December 18, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
About Hoax-Slayer

References
PayPal “Account Access Limited” Phishing Scam
PayPal – Report Scams




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,
Hoax-Slayer