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Has anyone else been receiving Ebay spoofs?

post #1 of 17
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I have been getting numerous emails claiming to be from Ebay saying my account is going to be suspended, for whatever reason, or that an unauthorized person has accessed it. And I must admit they know how to make it realistic, as they've placed all the logos, even fake a website... It will ask you to click on a link, and it brings you to a website which is a very good copy of the Ebay site... the detail: The URL is different. It will differ a bit from www.ebay.com, among other possibilities. In some cases the address won't even have the word "ebay" on its URL. And they WILL ask you for a credit card number, which makes it even less realistic, as they won't ask that unless you have a seller account. Another characteristic is that they will address you as "Dear Ebay User" Instead of using your username.

Whatever you do, don't give in to it. And if you think it might for real, then don't click on the link. Just go to www.ebay.com, log into your account and see if there's any problem.

I am wondering what would my parents do if it weren't for me, because they were already looking for the credit card in order to give them the number.
post #2 of 17
I've gotten a bunch of them.. from both ebay and pay pal. I just automatically delete them.
post #3 of 17
Yeah, been getting Ebay, Paypal, and various banks and credit card spoofs for months now. It's called "phishing" and I think you would have to live under a rock not to know about them by now. There have been stories on all of the major news networks, and even an article in Reader's Digest like last year sometime. It's rather common.
post #4 of 17
I had for a while. It ended when I started to report each and every one to Ebay. Go to the legitimate Ebay site and you'll receive instructions on how to report a spoof, and change your password if you responded to any spoofs.
post #5 of 17
I get them occasionally at an address that isn't even registered on ebay. I usually forward them to ebay, and they are very gracious, send me a thank you email, and then a follow up. I also report them to gmail, where I receive them.
post #6 of 17
I report each and every phising e-mail I get immediately to the authority they're spoofing. Usually within 5-10 minutes as soon as I can get a legitimate website and e-mail address to forward them to. This includes banks I've never heard of before .
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Bob'sMom
I had for a while. It ended when I started to report each and every one to Ebay. Go to the legitimate Ebay site and you'll receive instructions on how to report a spoof, and change your password if you responded to any spoofs.
Yep, I got some too. I reported it to Ebay...so they can hopefully try to track them down.
Susan
post #8 of 17
One of the problems with these phishing scams is that many of them originate in countries without much as far as internet law, such as Russia, other Eastern European counties, African countries, etc. If they can't prosecute them, they can't stop the emails from going around. These are going to be around for a long, long time.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by valanhb
One of the problems with these phishing scams is that many of them originate in countries without much as far as internet law, such as Russia, other Eastern European counties, African countries, etc. If they can't prosecute them, they can't stop the emails from going around. These are going to be around for a long, long time.
Yeah, I am familiar with the trick of setting it up in a place where internet law is less strict. There are plenty of dating websites for Latin American and Spanish teens, such as latinchat.com, but they will avoid setting the server in Spain like the plague, because of how hard the Civil Guard tends to go on these sites for predators. In the case of latinchat, they placed it in the U.S., yet the billers and registrants are all of the Internet company Eresmas.es based in Barcelona and Madrid, and a small office in Miami.
post #10 of 17
I get them from Ebay and I'm not even an Ebay member so there ya go!
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
I get them from Ebay and I'm not even an Ebay member so there ya go!
..same here Victor...
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yeah, when you get an e-mail telling you your Ebay account will be suspended, and you haven't even got an account, they are literally screaming at you in the hear with a megaphone "ITS A SCAM!!!!!!!!!"
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sammie5
I get them occasionally at an address that isn't even registered on ebay. I usually forward them to ebay, and they are very gracious, send me a thank you email, and then a follow up. I also report them to gmail, where I receive them.
I do the same, but what is gmail???
post #14 of 17
yep, get tem sometimes.


emb - gmail is email that yuo get through invites, 2 gb worth of memory which is awesome! Do you want an invite? Just send me a PM with your email address and I will be happy to send you one.
post #15 of 17
Gmail is Google-mail. I love it, it's web mail, and I have stopped using my ISP provided mail now. It has huge storage, as Kellye said, and also awesome search functions, so you can sort, store, and find your email really easily. And the part I had to get used to, but now love, is that the email conversations are stored like threads in a chat room, so the email, and subsequent replies are all kept together.
post #16 of 17
oh yeah I had a problem with the conversation based emails but I love it too because I can look back and remember what we talked about earlier!!! It rocks! I have not deleted my emails lately and am only using 1 % of its memorry!
post #17 of 17
Have gotten the paypal and ebay spoofs here, too. Every time I get one, I just log into ebay or paypal from THEIR site (not the link within the email) and report it.
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