PayPal users, beware. The service is currently the target of a virulent campaign of phishing (Phishing). Hackers use fake emails sent to users in order to recover their credentials. If many details make it possible to avoid the scam, the crooks do not fail to threaten the future swindlers with an imminent debit of 49.99 euros.
PayPal is currently the target of a virulent phishing campaign. The technique is as old as the world since it is a simple faux e-mail sent to users. The latter ensures that the PayPal account is currently blocked after spotting fraudulent transactions. The PayPal account must be verified within 48 hours, according to which the user will be charged 49.99 euros. Obviously, this is a scam. The aim of the maneuver for fraudsters is to retrieve as many PayPal identifiers as possible.
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The scam has been spotted in recent days by most specialized sites. This is an email that contains a link to a website that looks like PayPal, but which is obviously fictitious. Sometimes the fake email prompts the user to change their password. Other times it states that the account is temporarily blocked and that only a payment of 49.99 euros will be able to unlock it.
If the phished person clicks on the link, they come to the bogus site and between his identifiers (his email and PayPal password), the crooks get them immediately. Then, with a little elbow grease, they can take over the user’s account in order to make a maximum of purchases, undetected and in a very short period of time.
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If the interface is the same as the real PayPal site, many detailss identify that it is a scam. First, and like many phishing attempts, the email is riddled with mistakes and guesswork. Second, the sender’s email address only encourages suspicion. It displays either [email protected], [email protected], or other similar addresses.
If you have a – real – problem with the service, PayPal’s official contact address will also look something like [email protected]. Finally, PayPal will never ask you for money, neither to unblock your account, nor for anything. Fortunately, PayPal indicates that its customer service is currently on the move to resolve the situation. If you’re using Google Chrome, here’s how to protect yourself from phishing and malicious sites.