- In a phishing email, scammers claim to block your PayPal account.
- This is an excuse to get your login data.
- You must not click on the link under any circumstances.
If you received an email from PayPal informing you that your account has been restricted due to suspicious activity, you should be suspicious at this point. It is very likely that this is a phishing email.
It was allegedly blocked because multiple attempts were made to delete your email address on an unknown device. PayPal only blocked account access for your protection. With confirmation of your identity, the problem would be solved again. It is said that if you do not verify your data, your account will be permanently blocked.
This is a well-known method of pushing yourself. The fraudsters behind the scam want you to click on the button that says “Login”. As reported by the Consumer Advice Center, the link leads to a fake PayPal login page. If you register with the necessary data, it will fall directly into the hands of fraudsters.
With such notifications, you should always check your PayPal account through the official site or app if in doubt. You can recognize this forgery by the sender address, the impersonal form of address and some grammatical errors. Simply put the email in the spam folder unanswered.
Simple signs: How to recognize every phishing email
A first indication that you have received a phishing email: the email will ask you to confirm personal data or enter it on a website. This You should not comply with the request under any circumstances. In addition, criminals often use the official logos of the companies they copy in their emails, but not official sender addresses.
If you find the sender suspicious, you should read the email twice. You will often find spelling mistakes or inconsistencies in German grammar. The attackers usually do not write their emails themselves, but instead use automatically generated messages or translate known emails with a translation program. But why all the effort?
What do criminals achieve with phishing attacks?
Phishing is used on the Internet to collect real user data. Money can be made from these if email addresses, names and other information are sold for advertising purposes or passed on in criminal forums. With the data obtained, cybercriminals can also address future phishing attacks in a more targeted manner, making their attacks more effective.
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Attachments and links contained in malicious emails also often inject malware or viruses into your computer. Additionally, you shouldn’t just ignore suspicious emails. Forward them to the email address above and help us report future phishing attacks.
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