What is Identity Theft? Identity theft is when your personal information is stolen, and used illegally in your name. According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.
If you receive an email with a title that says “Your PayPal account has been suspended!”, it’s probably a phishing scam. This kind of email is one of the most common phishing scams that has been spamming email inboxes for years now.
Here’s one slick piece of email that has been making its way into inboxes recently. It claims to be from PayPal and requests for sensitive personal information. It contains a message that goes like this:
Your account has been temporarily limited .
Download and fill out the form to resolve the problem and then log into your account.
(The attached form looks something like this.)
How to avoid PayPal phishing scams
As you can see above, the attached form is designed to steal sensitive personal information such as name, date of birth, credit or debit card numbers, and Social Security numbers. If this email manages to avoid spam detection and went directly into your inbox, you can just mark it as spam. PayPal would never include or attach such forms or asks such sensitive personal information in emails. To avoid scams like this, it is strongly recommended that you always log in to your PayPal account by typing
https://www.paypal.com/ on your browser’s address bar. Visit this link http://goo.gl/MktES for more PayPal safety guides.
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