A LOT of people fall for those.
Glad you checked it out first.
I've gotten a couple too. I always forward them to ebay. I get them from paypal as well. You'd think people who have the time it takes to trick people like this would be able to do something much more useful for society.
ugh! I get 2 a DAY!!!!!!!
Never click on the links...same goes for emails from a bank or credit card company. Never put your account #'s (any kind) or SS# in an email, also.
Ebay now has a messages section: if the email you receive in your POP or web served addy actually IS from them, a copy of it will be in your messages section.
Firewalls, ladies: very important as well!
This should almost be tacked somewhere. Very important information for anyone who uses eBay.
I received an e-mail just like you're talking about. I was very close to putting in my credit card info. I logged in with my user name and was pulling out my wallet when I happened to look up and saw that the URL that was in the address bar on MSIE didn't match up with the link in the e-mail.
After I caught on, I immediately changed my log-in password for eBay. I would strongly suggest if you have made the same mistake I have made you change your password as well.
This is the link that was "written" in the e-mail.
This is the URL of where it actually takes you.
That pretty much set off the bells in my head. When I looked at the e-mail again the sender's address, firstname.lastname@example.org, seemed a little suspect too. Usually it's just email@example.com. Plus I never remembered ever giving eBay any credit card information in the past.
After e-mailing them the information I received this reply on my eBay Alert messages.
Report these bogus e-mails here:
or on the eBay site by going here and filling out the form.
Thanks for starting this thread. I was about to do it but I thought I'd check to make sure I wasn't duping.
yup. I forwarded one to Ebay, and was told it was a scam email, too.
Thankfully, I was NOT a dumb blonde that day.
Still get them daily, though.
Might also consider running an Ad-Aware scan on your PC's. If you went to the link to the site in the e-mail odds are they plugged some sort of cookie into your cache that may monitor you somehow. I ran a scan immediately after and found some Ad-ware files I had never detected before. Not sure it was from that but I'm not taking any chances either.
Conversely, These compromised accounts are used for selling either high dollar items or vehicles using the sellers good feedback.
Clues on a compromised account:
1. Seller had a GSXR1000 sportbike for sale but has only sold cat trees and doilies before.
2. Seller asks you to contact him with email addy posted in ad instead of "contact seller button" (usually with excuse like problem with ebay's email system"
3. Funds go to different location than item
4. Seller is in US but asks funds to go overseas
5. Price is too good to be true (the old saying)
6. Seller contacts you outside eBay
7. Yahoo and hotmail addresses
8. Seller states he "pulled ad" just to sell to you
You would be surprised who falls for these (read: LEOs and Attys!) Your greed is your worst enemy.
Someone linked it from the team forum. What, you don't like getting replies two months later?
Just links this thread into that one for a reference for the guy who started it... rather than rehash everything that had already been discussed.