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Online Crooks Masquerading as PayPal Security Personnel Con Subscribers

Cyber-criminals pretending to belong to the security team of PayPal, the well-known firm helping with e-payment, assigned for probing a fraud suspected as affecting the end-user's account, are executing still one more phishing e-mail scam, published moneywise.co.uk, May 9, 2014.

The spoofed electronic mails' sender's address is support@accountview.com instead of an id with PayPal's name. It's also written inside the message body that PayPal had to restrict the recipient's A/C, as several dubious activities got kicked off from it thus indicating that some illegitimate end-user attempted at accessing the A/C for some malicious purpose.

Continuing further, the message tells the recipient that PayPal has sent a file in an attachment that lists all essential steps wherein he can regain his account as before. He just requires downloading that file as also viewing it inside his Web-browser.

For making the e-mail appear authentic, the text adds that the above is merely part of security measure adopted for safeguarding the user along with his account. PayPal therefore regrets for any problem thus created.

Down below the fake text, another line is included which urges the user not to answer the e-mail, as no staff is responsible for monitoring the particular mailbox.

However, for remaining safe from the scam e-mail, certain easy-to-understand red flags may be spotted suggesting the fraudulence of the e-mail.

These are: one, the untrue sense of immediacy reflected in a warning that the user's account would be endangered if he doesn't adopt necessary measures right away.

Two, the genuine-looking web-links actually lead the user to unknown destinations. Therefore, web-links should be checked prior to clicking them via brushing the mouse on the given URL. Incase they appear suspicious, they must be ignored.

Three, no genuine PayPal electronic mail will ever contain software or attachment. An attached file may have malware; therefore, no attachment should be opened except if one is cent percent sure about its legitimacy.

Moreover, anybody believing he's been hit with the PayPal fraud should send the complete electronic mail at spoof@paypal.com before erasing the message wholly. Similarly, experiencing any phony PayPal website should be handled via speaking to Customer Service of PayPal.

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