PayPal phishing – has your account been temporarily limited?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Have you received an email, seemingly from PayPal, declaring that your account has been temporarily limited?

Plenty of people have been targeted by an attack which uses the subject line “Your account has been temporarily limited!” and claims to come from what appears to be an offiicial PayPal address.

Well, beware opening the attached reactivation form too quickly because you could be passing your personal information to cybercriminals.

Because the emails are bogus, and the headers are forged – all with the intention of stealing information from you.

Here is part of the text of that we are seeing being spammed out widely right now:

Dear PayPal account holder,

PayPal is constantly working to ensure security by regularly screening the accounts in our system. We have recently determined that different computers have tried logging into your PayPal account,and multiple password failures were present before the logons.

Sounds scary, eh? …

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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