I had an email purportedly from PayPal which looked quite legitimate.
It stated that suspicious activity had been noted on my account and that activity had been limited until I logged in and "took action". The email very helpfully provided the links for me to do so!
This one was a little more professionally produced than most others - looked just like a PayPal email, had my name and email address, used a specific date for the supposed suspect activity and had lots of links within the email.
I forwarded it immediately to PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org), who confirmed that it was fake.
- NEVER follow a link on an email - access PayPal through My EBay.
- When accessing PayPal check for the security icon (padlock) at bottom right of your browser & make sure it is "locked".
- Before entering information check that the web address in your browser begins with "https".
- Even if your name is used in the email it's no guarantee that it's genuine - everyone you transact with (buyer or seller) has your name & usually your email and , if you're a seller, knows whether you have a PayPal account!
- ALWAYS forward suspect emails to the above address & PayPal will confirm whether it is genuine or a scam.
- After forwarding, consign it to your trash & DELETE it!