A fake fraud prevention email is being sent to PayPal account users to trick them into installing a dangerous computer virus, security experts warn.
The malicious mail contains ““PayPal account warning” in their subject line, and is sent from a look-a-like email address which could be easily confused with the genuine site “[email protected],” with a doc file attached to it that impersonates to be a PayPal Data Verification Form.
As per the report, it is not clear how many people have been affected by this, but it appears that Windows machine users have been the victims till now, whereas Mac, iPhone and Android users are safe if even though they have opened the fraudulent email.
The email reads: ‘Greetings, dear Client! We noticed a lot of frauds performed by machinations with online services of the accounts of our clients.’
‘Attackers obtain access to accounts by stealing login data and passwords, this may be very dangerous for your funds and our reputation, so we are asking you to perform some actions, in order to prevent fraud.’
The email continues: ‘To protect your funds, verify please your account data. It will let us approve your post address and personal data. Also, we strongly recommend to keep passwords and login data, in the safe place.
‘To make your account information verified, please fill and send the next form via e-mail or via post. If you will not react on this notification, we will be forced to temporarily block your online services until you won’t verify your account information,’ the fraudulent email concludes.
According to security blog My Online Security, there are a number of different types of a scam affecting PayPal are active on the internet.
Security researchers urge Microsoft users not to open and download such kind of emails.
Paypal urges it, users, to immediately forward any kind of suspicious email to it at [email protected]
‘If you receive a suspicious email, FORWARD it to [email protected]
‘Our security experts can take a look to determine if it’s a fake. If it is, we’ll get the source of the email shut down as quickly as possible.
‘Reporting these emails helps to protect yourself and everyone else, too.’