View Full Version : Beware New Ebay Scam
2nd Jun 2004, 03:35
Just got a very professional looking email repleat with colour bars and official looking links informing me to resubmit my credit card data. It said they could not verify my card and my access to sell or purchase would be denied within five days. I clicked on the link and damn near fell into the trap. I pasted the message to Ebay and within twenty min. they sent message back indicating it was a scam. BE CAREFUL!
2nd Jun 2004, 03:42
Indeed, it's a sad state of affairs when people try to scam you. However, if you supply me with your credit card details, I can assure you that it will never happen again!:ok:
2nd Jun 2004, 06:58
Have seen the very same several times along with other ones, not just credit cards, using genuine business portals pages that are copied, such as an online florist (in USA) etc. enticing AOL users to re-enter their username and passwords so the spamming scum can abuse them...clearly some people do
I vote stoneing for spammers - 1 stone per 1,000 spams
2nd Jun 2004, 07:40
1000 Stones for 1 spam.
2nd Jun 2004, 11:19
This increasingly popular scam is known as 'phishing' for historical reasons that I won't go into now...
See Google (http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=phishing&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&meta=) for more info...
Well done on spotting the scam, but instead of just deleting the mail, why not do what I do - enter as much gibberish into each field as possible and submit it about a hundred times or so. If enough people did that, the scammers might be discouraged. Enter lots of random punctuation marks, unbalanced quotes and brackets, etc... make life at least a little bit harder for them!
Alternatively, enter non-gibberish (but fictional, obviously) details.. John Smith, CC #12345678901234 etc etc.
It may not do any good but it makes me feel better anyway!
2nd Jun 2004, 12:54
Yes, this stuff is getting as annoying as notes from Obi Vankernob from Nigeria asking to you help him smuggle cash from his country.
In the last 6 weeks, I have had stuff claiming to come from Nationwide BS (i have no account), Nat West, LLoydsTSB an Ebay asking me to confirm information via a link. Glad to say I have not responded to these, but the thing is, somebody must be or else they wouldn't bother to do them, although with automation etc.
it only takes a very small percentage to make it worth while.
I think 1000 stones per spam message is a bit of a easy sentence and that maybe the 1000 stones would be better tied around their necks while an assortment of other objects (engine blocks, Austin Alegro back axles, cattle prods and indeed housebricks),are used to encourage the spammers to seek safety in deep lakes, filled with venemous fish and electric eels.
2nd Jun 2004, 13:53
There is another ugly one, that raises it's ugly head from time to time, on ebay or other website auction.
You may be bidding on a eg. digital camera. Someone will send you an email offering you one a lot cheaper. They will send you all the details and it looks really good in the eyes of the gulable, store fronts etc., etc. They will want to be paid through for example Western Union or some cash transfer like that. A friend of mine got caught like that, and of course once he had paid, no more hear from them!!
AntiCrash - friend of mine got caught by it last night. He's not the gullible type at all and followed the link because he really has had problems with other Ebay members in the past. He entered his password to gain access to the 'change details' page and started entering his details until it asked for his PIN number, at which point he got a little p*ssed off.
It's nice that Ebay gave you a reply though. He's previously been caught out by some bugger who decided to declare his cheque 'stolen' after purchasing an item, resulting in bugger getting item for free and friend short by £300. Friend emailed Ebay (after taking up the issue with the bank and consequently the police) and asked for their help in reprimanding the guy and they just sent back a standard 'tough sh*t mate' reply, even though he gave them a crime reference number and the police officer's email address. Don't know how far he's got in ranting to them this time.
tu chan go
8th Jun 2004, 08:43
In a similar vein:
I received a telephone call on my mobile recently. The caller said, "This is Orange Customer Services here. As a valued customer, we would liker to offer you some money off your bill every month."
I answered,"That sounds good, yes please!"
"Right, if you could just give me your password then, I can sort it out straight away."
"No, I don't think so", said I, "How about you tell me what my password is, as you called me! You could be anyone."
He said "If you give me the third letter in your password, I will tell you the whole word."
I thought about this for a moment before saying the third letter.
He then gave me my whole password, my account number, name and address and some money off my bill!
He said that he understood my reluctance and that he would have done the same. Worth thinking about!