PayPal Target of Slick E-Mail Scam
This scam e-mail tells recipients that their PayPal accounts need to be restored.
PayPal users are again the victim of a widespread Internet scam.
The security firm Sophos has noticed a new crop of e-mails containing the subject line, Your account has been temporarily limited. The messages, which appear to come from an official PayPal address, inform recipients that something is amiss with their PayPal accounts, and the problem can be fixed by downloading a form attached to the e-mail, titled Restore_your_account_PayPal.html.
Seems like whoever sent the e-mail is just trying to do a good deed, right?
Wrong. It turns out that the data entered in the attached fix-it form won't solve any problems, and will actually create some serious ones, as anything entered immediately becomes the cybercriminals' property, which can be used for any number of malicious attacks.
Security professionals urge computer users to be wary when asked to enter personal information online, especially if you are unsure how the site is going to use it. Extra caution should be taken when dealing with PayPal, which is a prime target for hackers.