ALERT: Police warn of dangerous email scam using fake PayPal website

If you use PAY PAL … be on the lookout for a dangerous new online scam.

Police say emails are being sent to people telling them their account has been limited and asking them to update their personal details.

“This is designed to look like an admin email from PayPal, but is completely fake” police said.


The email reads: “Your PayPal account has been limited” and directs you to enter your PayPal login details and update your personal information, including full name, date of birth, address and phone number.

When you have entered your personal details the fake site asks for your credit card information, including the credit limit amount.

That gives the criminals enough information to steal your identity, credit card and account details.

Police have given us the following tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Do NOT click on any links or open attachments from emails claiming to be from a trusted organisation, asking you to update or verify your details – just DELETE
  • Do an internet search using the names or exact wording of the email or message to check for any references to a scam – many scams can be identified this way.
  • Before you click on a link, hover over the link to see the actual web address it will take you to. If you do not recognize or trust the address, try searching for relevant key terms in a web browser.