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Wing Commander Fowler 29th Apr 2005 08:05

E Bay concerns
Hi there chaps,

the following is a copy of TWO identical emails I got through ebay this morning. The fact that they are identical comforts me in that it is more likely to be a scam unless this precise wording is available through ebay for someone to forward to "suspects".....

Dear courageous351,

I am contacting you in order to try and solve a serious situation before it gets out of my hands.It has recently come to my attention that you or someone using your eBay ID(and I am certainly hoping it is not you, but another party)have been using my Credit Card information on eBay for auction purposes - which I assume were not legitimate-and amounts of money were taken out of my account.This means someone is using your eBay ID. Please check your eBay user password to see if it was perhaps changed. At this point I am assuming it is not you who is doing this, but a third party. However if you do not respond I will assume it was you and act accordingly. Please respond to this e-mail as soon as possible to try and sort out the situation in some way, or I will be forced to contact the proper authorities and also eBay so that proper action can be taken against you or whoever is the guilty party.I will wait for your answer within the next 24 hours before I move on this. Thank you

Please respond to the question on eBay by clicking the button below.

Thank you,

Anyone else had this message at all? I'm reluctant to respond other than to ebay which I've already done in case it's simply looking for email address validation to spam. Got more than enough of that already thanks to Jamster ringtones!!!

Cheers all

WCF out.

Evo 29th Apr 2005 08:16

Delete it. Ebay (the real one) will probably ignore you anyway :rolleyes:

Wing Commander Fowler 29th Apr 2005 08:19

Ignore me?? The great Wing Commander Fowler??? Surely not Sir!!!


DeepC 29th Apr 2005 08:54

I suspect that if anyone truly suspected the above and had reported it to EBay then Ebay would be onto the relevant authorities quickly to maintain the sites reputation.

Therefore ignore the email and if it has a grain of truth expect a call from the boys in blue.



Evo 29th Apr 2005 09:01

These sort of emails are all over the internet - I bin them on an almost daily basis. Note it says:

"Please respond to the question on eBay by clicking the button below."

I'd bet that this takes you to an ebay-lookalike website where you'll be asked to log in (possibly with additional bank/credit card/etc. info for 'verification'). If you do, you've just given your username and password to someone else...

If you send the email to ebay, you'll get an automated response and very little else.

oh, and if you look up rel_ser8 on ebay then he\'s Singapore based, with a feeback of one (based on a very dodgy looking auction) - and is 'no longer a registered used'. The prosecution rests :O

Wing Commander Fowler 29th Apr 2005 09:24

Ah evo - case dismissed...... why dudn' I fink of dat?? Hehe! Yeah good work and thanx for ya thoughts guys.

Fowler ;)

Coconutty 29th Apr 2005 10:21

... and just to add my tuppence worth :

Think - IF YOU found out someone had been using YOUR credit card fraudulently and you found out who the eBay user was, would you send them an eMail like this - alerting them that you were onto them :hmm:

.... and if you did would you go to the trouble of inserting a Button or Link to click on to help them out ? :confused:

I wouldn't - I'd make sure my Bank had cancelled the card to prevent any further fraud, and also pass all the info on to the authorites of law and order and let them make contact :ok:

The bottom line is - NEVER enter your user name and / or password for eBay, Paypal etc etc unless you are doing so on their secure website as indicated by the "s" after the "http" in the web page address : eg "https://signin.ebay.com........" or whatever.

mikedurward 29th Apr 2005 11:00


I get a few "aspoof" emails pretending to be from ebay. I always forward the mail to [email protected] and they sort the rest out.


Globaliser 29th Apr 2005 15:18

A tip I once got about dodgy e-mails like this: If you do, for some reason, go to the site linked to, deliberately put in false details. If the site accepts them, then you know that it's a fake. Only the genuine site will know that the information is false.

RotorHorn 29th Apr 2005 17:45

ebay is moving to an internal mail/message system and therefore will no longer send emails to your email inbox. Hopefully these so called 'phishing' emails will then die a death (no doubt to be replaced by something else!).

I received a 'very' convincing email from 'ebay' that was entitled "Project Safe Harbour" and had all the correct logo's and even the same fonts as authentic ebay correspondence.

Needless to say, if in doubt ignore it and contact them directly. Never press the button on the email!!


(edited 'cos this keyboard can't spell)

ubreakemifixem 29th Apr 2005 19:08

Another spoof e-mail asks you to become a powerseller.DO NOT REPLY TO THIS ONE.

Keef 29th Apr 2005 20:17

Be VERY careful about logging on through anything other than your normal "Favourite" link to Ebay. I've seen one spoof site (I was winding it up) that connects you to the real Ebay, so a dud ID and password show as dud. It just watches what you do...

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