PayPal Limitation Issue (phishing scam)

This is a carefully-designed phishing scam, and that means it’s a dangerous one that has a good change of tricking people. (Read more about how phishing scams work.) Some scam messages are written in broken English, but this one is clear and so might be taken for authentic. But there are a number of minor formatting problems in it, and you’ll note especially that the “From:” address ( is not a real PayPal address:

Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2015
From: PayPal
Subject: Limitation Issue


Dеаг Vаluеd Сuѕtоmег,

ΡауΡаl іѕ соnѕtаntlу wогκіng tо еnѕuге ѕесuгіtу Ьу геgulагlу ѕсгееnіng thе ассоuntѕ іn оuг ѕуѕtеm. Wе гесеntlу геνіеwеd уоuг ассоunt аnd mаdе аdјuѕtmеntѕ геѕultіng іn thе fоllоwіng сhаngеѕ.

Unfогtunаtеlу, ассеѕѕ tо уоuг ассоunt hаѕ Ьееn lіmіtеd.

Тhеѕе аге thе ѕtерѕ геquігеd tо геѕtоге уоuг ассоunt ассеѕѕ:

– Dоwnlоаd thе аttасhmеnt fгоm thіѕ еmаіl
– Ореn thе аttасhmеnt thгоugh уоuг wеЬ Ьгоwѕег (Орtіоn: Intегnеt Εχрlогег)
– Vегіfу уоuг ассоunt

Ѕhоuld ассеѕѕ tо уоuг ассоunt геmаіn lіmіtеd fог аn еχtеndеd регіоd оf tіmе, іt mау геѕult іn fuгthег lіmіtаtіоnѕ оn thе uѕе оf уоuг ассоunt ог mау геѕult іn еνеntuаl ассоunt сlоѕuге.

Тhаnκ уоu fог уоuг ргоmрt аttеntіоn tо thіѕ mаttег, аnd wе ароlоgіzе fог аnу іnсоnνеnіеnсе thіѕ mау саuѕе.

ΡауΡаl Αссоunt Rеνіеw Теаm

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And the fact that it tells you to download an attachment (deactivated here) is a big red flag. It is through attachments like this that phishing scammers either steal your passwords or introduce malware onto your computer. Here at The Scam Hunter we document these messages to help people avoid getting caught in the fraudsters’ traps. If you’re ever in doubt about a message that claims to come from your bank or a similar financial agency, it’s always best to contact that company directly and ask for confirmation.

Roland Goam, Dying of Cancer

This is the male counterpart of the familiar dying widow scam. Roland Goam is a wealthy businessman dying of cancer, and he has no family left. He wants to give his money away to make up for a lifetime of selfishness. Won’t you help? You can have a reward if you do (sucker).

from: Roland Goam
date: Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 10:48 AM

My name is Roland Goam I am from Greece Please take this serious, I am taking this liberty anchored on strong desire to ask for your assistance for help. Your consent and urgent attention will greatly be needed, devoid of apprehensions. I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer. It has defied all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for.

But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. Now that i have been diagnosed with this deadly disease I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as few close friends, i lost my wife and son in a fatal accident a few  years ago I have decided to give alms to charity organizations,as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.

So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I can not do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money, which I have there to charity organization in Bulgeria and Haiti, they refused and kept the money to themselves.

Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money, which no one knows of, is the huge cash deposit of Ten Million United States Dollars($10,000,000) that I have with a Finance Vaulting Unit in Europe.I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations.I,am willing to offer you a reward If you are willing to help.

please when replying indicate Your full name email, cell phone number so that My personal confidant will call you and give you details on how the funds will be transfered to you.


Roland Goam

Mrs. Nellie Johnson in Cote D’Ivoire

In this version of the dying woman scam, Mrs. Nellie Johnson seeks your assistance in distributing the riches accumulated by her husband, who was killed along with their son Elvis (!) by envious rivals. But alas, in reality there is no Nellie Johnson and no money to be given to charity. There’s only a scammer trying to get you to contribute to his own favorite charity: himself.

from: Nellie Johnson (
date: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 9:27 AM
subject: Greetings.

From Mrs Nellie Johnson
Abidjan in Cote D’Ivoire
Avenue 25 Zone4 Rue 88bp


Greetings to you and your family in the name of God,in my search for a reliable and God fearing person and having gotten your contact through prayers and pains taking efforts via searching I made on the internet on my bed side. Presently, I’m in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for Oesophagi Cancer.

Though its a sad and long story but I will cut it short for your quick and easy understanding. I am Nellie Johnson (Mrs), widow to Late Mr. Charles Johnson, former Defence attachee to Greece Embassy in Cote D’Ioire. My husband was murdered alonside our only son Elvis by those who are envious of his position in the same office.

Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the down trodden, orphanages and the less privileged in the society. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want an individual that will use this fund and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and widows and for the propagating peace.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my husband’s hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner.

What is required of you is your honesty, trust and sincerity. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.

May God Almighty bless you.
Nellie Johnson (Mrs).