PayPal users from the European Union are receiving emails these days with the subject "Additional information required by 29.9.2011".
What first looks like another phishing email is in fact a legit PayPal email.
According to PayPal, users from the European Union need to confirm account information because of a new EU law.
Users who fail to comply will have their PayPal account limited, which basically means that they wont be able to send or withdraw money from the account.
Need further information
Dear Martin Brinkmann !
We need to confirm some of your account information or collect further information. Please complete this by 29.09.2011. If we don't receive this information in time,
PayPal is required by law to limit access to your account.
What should I do?
The next time you log in to your PayPal account you’ll be guided through a process to collect the necessary information.
Why is this required?
EU law requires financial services firms like PayPal to confirm the identity of all our customers. This is necessary to provide a safer platform for our users and to help prevent the illegal use of our services.
When you visit the PayPal website you will see the following screen after login.
The screen offers similar information and options to update the account information now or at a later time. Information provided on that page are slim. Neither the EU regulation is linked to properly for users to verify or read up on the regulation, nor is it explained what users need to update, other than that they have to identify their account type and may be required to upload documents to PayPal.
A click on Update Now loads a screen where users are asked to verify their ownership type. Available for selection are:
Once you have confirmed your selection my checking "Yes, the information above is correct" you are taken to the next screen. This screen depends largely on the selection. My choice of "sole proprietor" for instance completed the process immediately. I was greeted with a "You've finished providing the information we needed" page and did not need to upload data or add other information to my account.
PayPal users can repeat the process on that screen, for instance if they made a mistake.
A click on the continue button loads the PayPal account interface.
Have you received please update your account information emails from PayPal? Did you already fill out the information on the PayPal website? If so, share your experience with us in the comments.
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