Police have issued a warning to people in Gedling borough about scam emails claiming to be from PayPal.
Scambusters Action Fraud said the emails state the recipient’s account has been “limited” as a result of a policy violation.
The emails then ask for customers to update their account, or check the security of their account by clicking a link in the email.
The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are actually phishing sites designed to steal PayPal login details, as well as personal and financial information.
A PayPal spokesperson said: “At PayPal we go to great lengths to protect our customers in the UK, but there are still a few simple precautions we should all take to avoid falling victim to scams.
“Be aware of any emails or text messages that ask you to provide personal information directly in response.
“Scammers often use a false sense of urgency to prompt you to act on a phishing email.
“All communications from PayPal to account holders would be sent to the secure message centre within their PayPal account. You will have a secure message waiting if PayPal does need you to take any action.
“A genuine PayPal email will only ever address you by your full name – anything that starts differently should immediately raise your suspicions.
“Look out for spelling mistakes, which are a common tell-tale sign of a fraudulent message. If you have any concerns regarding an email you have received, you should send it to [email protected].”
If you do receive a suspicious email, do not click on links or attachments.
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