Earlier this week, a local North Alabama resident received an email claiming to be from PayPal stating her account had temporarily locked. The original email included a live link under the “Unlock your account” statement. The scam email is displayed below with the live link removed for security purposes. How can you tell that this is a fake email? First, it is vague. It does not state who specifically the email is from or why the account has been locked but only leads the consumer to a button that reads “Unlock your account”. Clicking the link will either download malicious code on your computer, or take you to a website that will try to steal your personally identifiable information from you. Best practice: access your documents directly from www.paypal.com.
PayPal offers the following tips to combat phishing attempts:
PayPal advises users to immediately report suspicious emails by forwarding the entire phishing email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more tips from PayPal, please visit Suspicious Activity Tips
Source: BBB of North Alabama and PayPal