By Robert Voss
Yesterday, I received an email, which looked like an official PayPal email from email@example.com with subject line with “Your account has been suspended [Case ID #]” This email is about your account being restricted. The real email ends with ofimaster.cl . DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK ATTACHED IN THAT EMAIL! This is when I started my investigation into this possible fake email.
Here is the transcript of the email that I received. [Dear Customer, Your PayPal account has been temporarily restricted. We have found suspicious activity on credit cards linked to your PayPal account. You must confirm your identity to confirm that you own the credit card. To maintain account security, please provide documents that confirm your identity. After you complete the requested task, we will review the account and contact you about its status within 5 working days. Thank you for your attention to this problem.]
Plus, there is a blue button marked “log in to PayPal.” If viewers click on the link it takes viewers to https://tri.ps/U0B4S. A red homepage will appear with “Deceptive site ahead.” The warning reads, “Firefox blocked this page because it may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing personal information like passwords or credit cards.” This is an unsafe website. Stay clear from this website.
When reviewing the fake email there are many red flags that come up. It is believed to be a boilerplate email sent for a phishing scam. The email sentence structure is choppy. They want to make the viewer think that there is a big problem with their account. When there is nothing wrong.
After receiving this email, I went directly to my PayPal account and reviewed all of my transactions. I found nothing was missing, added, or had a restriction on my account. This scammer sent me on a wild goose chase for nothing.
These types of fake emails have been going on for a while. PayPal has asked if you see any type of fake PayPal email to please forward to them. They will investigate it and take possible action against the individuals and or company responsible sending you a fake PayPal email. For more information about this problem please visit www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/how-do-i-remove-the-restriction-from-my-account-faq2189
Next, I decided to forward the fake email sent by the scammer to firstname.lastname@example.org. After forwarding the fake email to PayPal, I received an auto reply email message that states [Thank you for your email. We’ve provided some information below to help you with your question. If you have questions regarding your dispute or claim, please visit our Help Center or view your dispute or claim in the Resolution Center.] Plus, they provided a case number too.
Finally, take this warning seriously and do not give out any information to unverified emails and websites. If your worried about your PayPal account please go directly to the official PayPal website. However, if you continue to get this email from a third party report it to the PayPal immediately. Stay safe on the Internet.
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