Malicious PayPal Phishing Campaign Discovered

Security experts discovered that there is an active PayPal phishing campaign that attempts to steal victim account credentials, continue reading to find out more.

PayPal Phishing Campaign Try To Scam Their Targets

Security experts discovered a dangerous new phishing campaign that targets PayPal customers. The criminal operators uses highly convincing pages that are used to lure the targets into revealing their login credentials and other personal information. This is achieved using email spam messages that include PayPal logos and wording that imitates the company’s official branding. However if the targets take a closer look they will notice several syntax and grammar errors that reveal that these messages are not legitimate.

The email messages use varying subjects and contents that appear as messages indicating an account issue. Possible phishing causes include password reminders, account limitations and other related incidents. The emails include a “log in” button that appears in the bottom of the page. PayPal scams are one of the most popular social engineering tricks that has been active ever since the payment service’s launch. The current campaign asks for the following types of personal data:

  • Address Line 1

  • Address Line 2

  • City

  • State

  • Zip/Post Code

  • Country

  • Phone Number

  • Mother’s Maiden Name

  • Social Security Number

  • Date of Birth

A sample phishing message contains the following contents:

Dear Customer,

We need your help resolving an issue with your account. To give us time to work together on this, we’ve temporarily limited what you can do with your account until the issue is resolved.

We understand it may be frustrating not to have full access to PayPal account. We want to work with you to get your account back to normal as quickly as possible.

What the problem’s?

We noticed some unusual activity on your PayPal account.

As a securtiy precaution to protect your account until we have more deetails from you, we’ve place a limitation on your account.

How you can help?

Its usually pretty easy to take care of things like this. Most of the time, we just need a little more information about your account.

To help us with this and to find out what you can and can’t do with your account until the issue is resolved, log in to your account and go to the Resolution Center.

Log In

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Author : Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.

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