Don’t ever panic if you receive an email from PayPal warning you that your account has been suspended, that your billing information needs to be updated, or that your account has to be verified!
It’s probably a fake email, from someone posing as PayPal, out on a phishing expedition for your password! (The link for phishing takes you to the entry in the Wikipedia)
- NEVER EVER click on a LINK within an email from PayPal. Links within emails can lead to a spoof website that looks exactly like the PayPal website.
As soon as you login after following a link, the phisher logs your password, and can now access your real account.
If you want to check your account status, ONLY log in the usual way: by manually typing the full URL into the address bar. If there is really a problem with your account, a notice will appear right after you login.
- Look carefully at the GREETING: PayPal will NEVER greet you with "Dear PayPal User" or "Dear PayPal Member." Real PayPal emails will address you by your first and last name or the business name associated with your PayPal account.
- NEVER EVER DOWNLOAD ATTACHMENTS from a PayPal email. The Real PayPal will never send attachments or software in an email.
- NEVER REPLY to a PayPal email, and certainly never send any login details by email. The only place to enter your personal information is once you have manually logged into your account!
- Report fake or spoof emails to email@example.com
- Please Return Your Account To Regular Standing
- Unauthorized access to your PayPal account
- PayPal account suspicious activity
- Update your information
- Account compromised: billing information moved or changed