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Ebay spoof emails

Heads up to all my readers: there is a new Ebay look-alike email. Do not be fooled!

It will come to you looking like a question from an Ebay member. It will show them bidding on some of your items (first dead giveaway since I am not selling anything at the moment). It will also show a 100 percent feedback rating (second dead giveaway because I've never seen anyone have one of these). Then the "question" just says something about could always use the extra money. Right clicking on the respond link (which would have led me to a sign in page), I copy the URL to clipboard and then paste it somewhere so I can see it. It does not lead to Ebay at all but to some other site that would serve to collect my login info--and thus lead them to my connected Paypal account, where they could then attempt to transfer funds out of my bank account, which is linked...

Use your heads!, especially if you really do buy or ings on Ebay much.


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Jul. 7th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
ummm... I have a 100% feedback rating. :)
Jul. 7th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
100 percent feedback rating
I should have said I've never seen a seller have a 100 percent rating. I generally see 99.something percent ratings because somebody always gets thsir feathers riled about something. Hope I didn't offend you too much with this. It was just a huge red flag because it seemed contrived with someone with a 100 percent rating contacting me with supposedly a question because they "sure could use the money."
Jul. 7th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
Re: 100 percent feedback rating
Nah, you didn't offend me. My 100% feedback rating is a combination of buying and selling, although I haven't sold anything on eBay in quite some time. I understand your caution though. For me, unless it's a notification that I won or lost an item I was bidding on, I ignore ALL e-mails supposedly sent from eBay (and PayPal too. I hope others do the same. :)
Jul. 7th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
Oooh! Scary! Thanks for the heads-up!
Jul. 7th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
ummmm PLEASE don't tell me you fell for it and that is why you are telling us??? :(

It's been happening for a year or two now and has changed in how the messages are arranged and what they are about. Ebay themselves have made announcements ON their website about it too cause it has become a major annoyance.

Sucks all around.
Jul. 7th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
the Ebay thing
Fortunately I didn't fall for it. I almost did once with an Amazon one because I had recently ordered and I freaked out thinking there was some problem with my order. I realized at the second page that info was being solicited that wasn't typical of Amazon... So I went to Amazon and chamged my password ASAP. Since then, I don't fall for that stuff, and I'm so mad about this kind of stuff!
Jul. 7th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: the Ebay thing
Yeah I am finding there is a whole new level of spam coming into our boxes this past few months! And we have strong filters too!

I do alot of shopping on ebay. I have recently started selling on ebay as well. SO ...yeah those emails freaked me out at first but I would read the 'header' without opening and be like....WTF???? THEN I remembered...your ebay account has a message box!!! ;D

IF it is a genuine ebay meesage from another ebayer it will show up on the ebay site in the mailbox portion of your account ;)

SO...if it isn't a customer or a seller I know already I go to my account in ebay. if it ain't showing there....I delete it and never open it up at all.

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