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PayPal Account Verification Phishing Scam

PLEASE NOTE: PayPal is NOT responsible for these e-mail scams. Organisations and individuals pretending to be PayPal initiate them., PayPal, and all related logos are either trademarks or registered trademarks of PayPal, Inc., or its licensors. Cyber Top Cops is in no way affiliated with PayPal.

Date: 17 October 2007
Received from "" <>
Subject: PayPal Case #PP9876 Account Access Limited.

We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information about your business to allow us to provide uninterrupted service. Until we can collect this information, your access to sensitive account features will be limited. We would like to restore your access as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Why is my account access limited?

Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):

We have reason to believe that your account was accessed by a third party. Because protecting the security of your account is our primary concern, we have limited access to sensitive PayPal account features. We understand that this may be an inconvenience but please understand that this temporary limitation is for your protection.

(Your case ID for this reason is PP-136-124-102.)

How can I restore my account access?

Please visit the Resolution Center and complete the steps to remove limitations.

Completing all of the checklist items will automatically restore your account access.

Copyright © 1999-2007 PayPal. All rights reserved.

This e-mail and the one below contained a tracking beacon (a 1-pixel image) stored on a remote server, so even the phishing scammers are tracking their victims like the spammers do.

Date: 14 October 2007
Received from "" <>
Subject: PayPal Case #PP3261 Account Access Limited.

PayPal October 2007

Dear user of PayPal services,

    This email is to inform that we had to block your PayPal account because this ip tryed to access your account 3 times.We apologise for the inconvinience but the safety of your account is our main priority.

Secure Server

To remove the limitation login to your PayPal account!

To remove the limitation, read carefully and complete all steps listed in the link above. !!

 Your Account
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Thank You for using PayPal!
This notification was sent to you by PayPal. To modify your notification preferences, log in to your PayPal account, click the Profile sub-tab, then click the Notifications link under Account Information. Changes may take up to 10 days to be reflected in our mailings. PayPal will not sell or rent any of your personally identifiable information to third parties. For more information about the security of your information, read our Privacy Policy at

Copyright © 2007 PayPal Inc. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. PayPal is located at 2211 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131.

We could not find a single active link in this e-mail, except the phishing link. What's the use to include Identity Theft Highlights, Account Management Options and Merchant offers, but not a single link to click on. Just ask yourself, will PayPal send e-mails like this. Obviously not!

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