We constantly post Paypal scam or phishing emails supposedly sent by trusted online brands (such as Paypal) in the hopes of warning people not to fall victims into these schemes. Here’s another one we received today.
This one is very similar to authentic Paypal messages on Account Review. Paypal usually sends such emails to Paypal users whose accounts are being reviewed due to certain transactions.
As opposed to the real Paypal message, though, the one below asks the recipient to download an attached file (check.html) and follow the steps there. The email message goes:
From: Pay-Pal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
As part of our security measures, we regularly screen activity in the system. We recently contacted you after noticing an issue on your account. We requested information from you for the following reason: We have observed activity in this account that is unusual or potentially high risk.
Please download the form attached to this email and open it in a web browser. Once opened, you will be provided with steps to restore your account access. We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure account safety.
PayPal Account Review Department
Several things prove this is a fake Paypal email. For one, almost all official Paypal emails carry the Paypal logo. This one does not. In addition, Paypal messages identify the user by name; this one does not even have a greeting salutation.
More importantly, if there are account issues, Paypal requests the user to log in to his Paypal account to resolve the issue. It does not ask a user to download a suspicious file.
We hope you won’t be a victim to these types of scams!
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