It’s such a shame because PayPal is such a great service and emails like these cause people to think that PayPal is the offender but in reality, they are the victims of someone stealing their identity and using it to glean private information from unsuspecting people that get these kinds of emails in their in box.
It all looks legit enough, but upon looking at the source code, these emails are NOT coming from PayPal at all – if you get an email like the one below – DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! It’s a phishing message meant to capture your personal data. Just delete!
Here’s the first part of the email:
Secure Your PayPal Account!
Dear PayPal ® Customer,
While performing it’s regular scheduled monthly billing address check our system found incompatible information which seams to be no longer the same with your current credit card information that we have on file. If you changed your billing information or if you moved from you previous address please follow up the link bellow and update your billing information: If you didn’t change any of this information you still need to follow up the previous link and update your existing billing information because it means that our database regular scheduled update wasn’t made correctly. Choosing to ignore this message will result in to a temporary suspension of your account within 24 hours, until you will choose to solve this unpleasant situation. We apologies for any inconvinience this may caused you and we strongly advise you to update your information you have on file with us. To secure your PayPal account please visit the link below:
Always be cautious and suspicious of such emails – no matter who it is from. The subject line often looks official and important so if in doubt, contact the company the email was supposed to be from or check with your web developer and avoid getting attacked.