PayPal Access Limited Scam Alert

I received this email and according to ActionFraud over a 1000 other people reported receiving the same one in one day this month. This very realistic email suggests that your PayPal account has been limited until they hear from you, enticing you to click to log in, those unfortunate enough to click are taken to a fake PayPal login page which records your login details and so gives access to your account to fraudsters. With UK consumers spending more than a £100 billion a year online it pays to keep your PayPal account safe.


Tips and Advice

  • If you want to check if PayPal have sent a message – then log in to your account, the normal way, NEVER through a link, and look in the Secure Message Centre within your account, all PayPal messages are sent here
  • Dear who? – A real PayPal email will always have your full name at the beginning, any non-personalised greeting should be ignored
  • Secure your account – Turn on 2 factor authentication in your account, this means you will be sent a text message or an email with a code to use whenever you login to your account. To do this Login to PayPal > Click on Settings Logo (top right) > click SECURITY > click 2 -step verification
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are communicating with
  • Report it – to PayPal by emailing
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
  • Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool


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