PayPal account suspended, scam travels via email

A fraudulent email campaign is hitting PayPal users, the text invites users to update their data with the aim of stealing information

PayPal users are once again at security risk. A malicious message sent via email, in fact, convinces users to log in on a fake site. In this way hackers steal their access credentials.

The new threat was discovered by the State Police and published on the Facebook page Commissariato di PS Online-Italia. The email written by hackers arrives to users disguising itself as a support service of the famous company for digital payments. The message warns us of a suspension of our account for security reasons. To reactivate it we will have to log in with our credentials by clicking on the link attached in the email. Needless to say, there has been no suspension. It is only a trick of cyber criminals to discover our password and be able to access our account.

How to recognize and avoid the PayPal scam

To understand the dangers of an email scam the advice is to always pay close attention to the text used by cyber criminals. Just analyze what is written by hackers in their attempt to scam to understand what you are referring to. In the message, in fact, there are some writing mistakes ("lint" instead of "link", capital letters used at random and imprecise punctuation.

Errors caused by a poor knowledge of the Italian language of the authors of the scam, who will have used an automatic translator to generate the message to be sent to potential victims.

It must be said that an online payment service - as well as a bank or a credit institution - will never ask its users/customers to reset the password or restore the account via e-mail. Much less will it insert a link within the text to direct users to a phantom reset page. In short, if you are faced with such elements, never click on the links inside the email and trash it as soon as possible. If you really want to check the conditions of your online account, specifies the State Police through its Facebook profile, access directly from the home page of the bank or service used, so as to avoid any attempts at fraud.