Just got an incredibly realistic "PayPal" email today. I've sent it to PayPal and they've confirmed that it's fake. I'm copying it below under the cut; don't know if it will come out the same, but let me just say - it looked VERY real. So, just beware. The first thing I did, before clicking on anything or replying to anything was to go to the site - and there were no warnings, messages, or limited access. So always make sure you check these out before trying to reply to them.
Darn, the graphics aren't pasting in... too bad; they were very professional. And the email appeared to come from email@example.com!
[A very realistic PayPal graphic went here]
PayPal is constantly working to ensure security by regularly screening the accounts in our system. We recently reviewed your account, and we need more information to help us provide you with secure 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, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Why is my account access limited?
Your account access has been limited for the following reason(s):
Nov. 02, 2005: We would like to ensure that your account was not accessed by an unauthorized 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 [deleted by Ros].)
How can I restore my account access?
Please confirm account information by clicking here [link deleted by Ros] and complete the "Steps to Remove Limitations."
Once you complete all of the checklist items, your case will be reviewed by one of our Account Specialists. We will send you an email with the outcome of the review.
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