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Posted: 7/28/2005 9:01:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/28/2005 9:45:10 AM EDT
A LOT of people fall for those.

Glad you checked it out first.

Link Posted: 7/28/2005 9:46:09 AM EDT
Good catch!
Link Posted: 7/28/2005 9:50:55 AM EDT
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.

Link Posted: 7/28/2005 12:19:10 PM EDT
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!

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 9:59:47 AM EDT
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, support_num_61027@ebay.com, seemed a little suspect too. Usually it's just support@whatever.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.


Thank you for writing to eBay regarding the email you received.

Emails such as this, commonly referred to as "spoof" or "phished" messages, are sent in an attempt to collect sensitive personal or financial information from the recipients.

The email you reported was not sent by eBay. We have reported this email to the appropriate authorities.

In the future, be very cautious of any email that asks you to submit information such as your credit card numbers or passwords. If you are ever concerned about an email you receive from eBay, simply follow these steps:

1. Open a new Web browser and type www.ebay.com into your browser address field to go directly to the eBay site.

2. On eBay, click on the "My eBay" link at the top of the page and sign into your account.

3. Check the "My Messages" link located on the left side of the My eBay page. If an email affects your eBay account, it's now in "My Messages."

Any email sent to your registered eBay email address from eBay or from another eBay member via eBay's member-to-member communication system will also appear in "My Messages."

Just remember, if you get an email regarding a problem with your account or that is requesting personal information, and the email looks like it is from eBay, please check My Messages first. If it's not there, it's a fake email.

If you still have any doubt about whether an email message is from eBay, please forward it to spoof@ebay.com immediately. Do not respond to it or click any of the links. Do not remove the original subject line or change the email in any way when you forward it to eBay.

If you have already entered sensitive personal information, financial information, or your password into a Web site based on a request from a spoofed email, you should take immediate action to protect your identity and all of your online accounts. We have developed an eBay Help page with valuable information regarding the steps you should take to protect yourself.


To review eBay's new tutorial about Spoof Emails, please see the following Web page:


To help you better protect yourself from fake eBay and PayPal Web sites, we have developed a feature for the eBay Toolbar called "Account Guard." Account Guard includes an indicator of when you are on an eBay or PayPal Web site or a known spoof (or "phishing") site, buttons to report fake
eBay Web sites, and a password notification feature that warns you when you may be entering your eBay password on an unverified site.

To learn more about the eBay Toolbar with Account Guard, please go to www.ebay.com, click on "Downloads" at the bottom of the page, and then click on the "eBay Toolbar" link.

We also recommend that you keep your browser, operating system, and virus protection software up to date. Check for updates at the "Windows Update" link on www.microsoft.com and scan your computer for viruses often.

Once again, thank you for alerting us to the spoof email you received. Your efforts help keep eBay a safe and fair place to trade.

eBay SafeHarbor
Investigations Team
The World's Online Marketplace! ®
Important: eBay will not ask you for sensitive personal information
(such as your password, credit card and bank account numbers, Social
Security numbers, etc.) in an email. Learn more account protection tips



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.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 10:04:50 AM EDT
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.

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 10:24:24 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 10:34:58 AM EDT
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.

Link Posted: 10/3/2005 10:45:12 AM EDT
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.

Link Posted: 10/3/2005 10:50:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 10:54:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Holy thread resurrection, Batman!

Thanks for the info, NorCal.


Someone linked it from the team forum. What, you don't like getting replies two months later?
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:02:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NorCal_LEO:
Originally Posted By SP1Grrl:
Someone linked it from the team forum. What, you don't like getting replies two months later?

Possible Scam?

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.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 11:06:15 AM EDT
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