Users of PayPal are receiving an email message from them that claims to be an urgent security warning. Those who follow the HTML link in the email are being redirected to a convincing facsimile of the PayPal website which claims that the user’s access is limited and presents them with a form asking for various banking information, including your bank name and credit card information, to remove the limitations, according to a post at Naked Security.
Along with the PayPal imitation page is the following massage:
For those who make the unfortunate decision of filling out this form and following the directions in the above message, you are, in essence, spoon-feeding your financial information to some unknown fraudster.
This scam falls in with a growing trend of attacks targeting online payment services.
The easiest and most reliable way to separate phishing scams from real email warnings is to go directly to the site that supposedly sent you the email–not following a link in the email–and logging in directly. If the site really has a security message for you, you’ll be able to read it via the PayPal messaging system.