Well, recently, I received
Here's the first email I received:
Giveaway #1: The email came from firstname.lastname@example.org (Paypal's URL is https://paypal.com)
Giveaway #2: I hovered over "Confirm My Account" without clicking. On bottom left of screen, the real URL that showed up was www.merzougaonline.com/ppl/ (a totally unrelated URL to PayPal).
Giveaway #1: The email also came from email@example.com (like the first one above)
Giveaway #2: Hovering over all the links, you will also see that they do not direct to PayPal but to some unknown URL links and none of them are "https" (the sign of a secure log-in URL).
Giveaway #1: The email, though it says "service@paypal" actually links to firstname.lastname@example.org (a fake URL)
Giveaway #2: When I hover over "Confirm My Email Address" I see that the real link goes to nationalproducts.org/admin/... (again, a non-PayPal URL)
Another hint that it's a fake email is when you receive the email on an email address which is different from the one registered with PayPal.
PayPal itself has issued guidelines to help us:
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Stay alert always. Before responding to the email, check using the guidelines and giveaways above. And always log securely into your PayPal account from its official URL and not from any email links.