PayPal was the most phished brand of 2009 with more than 7,000 more unique threats registered than Chase Bank.

According to a blog by Avira, a total of 32,205 unique threats relating to PayPal were recognised with 25,901 seen for Chase Bank. Ebay was third with 18,738 unique URLs while American Express (5,202), Bank of America (4,540) and Abbey Bank (3,978) followed.

It claimed that Paypal's rise was most probably ‘to do with the fact that a lot of people are using PayPal to pay for Christmas presents'. It warned user to ‘be safe during the winter holidays and always write the address of PayPal and other online banks in the browser by yourself and never click on links in emails'.