Yesterday, while I was checking my Gmail spam folder I came across an email that’s supposedly from PayPal. It says in the email that my PayPal account has been temporarily blocked because of several login attempts from different global locations.
This is the second time I received a phishing email that’s pretending to be from PayPal. The first one was also flagged by Gmail and I immediately knew it was fraudulent because in the message, it says that my account was opened in 2001 when in fact I only created my PayPal account early this year.
See the screencap of the actual email after the jump.
This latest email is more deceiving than the previous one. It provides tips on how to protect your PayPal account, increase security and protect your password. It even tries to use scare tactics with this message at the bottom of the email:
If this situation is not solved in the next 24 hours your account will be permanently suspended.
It’s a good thing that Gmail has a very good spam and phishing filtering system and this email was immediately flagged and sent to the spam folder. I also make it a habit not to click on URLs on emails especially if I’m not sure about the source/sender. If you receive something like this or an email that asks you to click on a link and login to your bank account with your username and password, NEVER do it! If you want to check and make sure, open a new window or tab and type in the address of the site and then login. That way, you can be sure that you opened the right URL and that you logged in to the right website.
Have you received the same email or maybe something similar to it? What did you do? Have you or someone you know been deceived or victimized by a phishing email? Share your thoughts!