EBay warning... Different!!

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  1. seanm

    seanm Member

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    I know I have read a few threads about email that tries to get your Ebay account (phishing)... but the other day I was almost phished!!!

    I was looking over some items on EBay itself. I was logged in through My EBay. There was an interesting description of something I was interested in. The seller had over 1500 positive feed backs and it had a link in the body of the ad... click here to see more pictures.... I clicked, and found myself back at the EBay login. I ALMOST LOGGED IN!! Remember, I was ON EBAY at the time. I was looking at an item from a reputable seller...Man!! That would be the end of my good feedback just like it was the end of this fellows feedback I am sure. I am positive the account had been phished or hacked somehow. I had to report it and the item was gone within the hour, but I have no idea hoe many accounts could have been compromised.

    The upshot is that even if you are already logged into EBay and think you are safe, you are not. If you are asked to login again, don't! Start over with your own link.

    EBay login links should all look something like: http://signin.ebay.com
    NOT
    http://sign.ebay.num1.uk.com or ANYTHING but the first example should raise your neck hairs and you should get out of there!

    Whew!!!
  2. tillsbury

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    Good call. There's obviously something in the air. I had two half-believable phishes in my email in the last month, both of which I forwarded to ebay and turned out to be real (really bogus, that is). I almost never get spam, let alone dodgy stuff. Not seen anything as bad as that, though. One has to stay vigilant, obviously.
  3. ScottyB

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    I have seen a few of these over the last few months, and you are correct in pointing out the web location. Always make sure it is an eBay site you are on, and it should also have an https:// instead of http:// in the address (s indicating secure connection). Also, the little lock icon in Firefox or IE should be displayed.

    When I see these, I immediately report the item to eBay. There is no exact address for this, you just need to click on the Help link and find your way to it. Don't forget to copy the auction id first.

    Good catch and a good reminder that the best protection against identity theft is to be vigilant online.

    Scott
  4. sidneylopsides

    sidneylopsides New Member

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    The address bar on Firefox goes yellow when you are using a secure connection too :)
  5. wortchillergoal

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    I almost got duped for info. Got an email about verifing my billing and ship to address. Somwthing didn't seem right. I went to ebay and found out what to look for in emails from them. The request I got was a phony too. I think ebay does a good job of trying to kee p us safe. There are pelnty of scam artist trying to get people though, must keep ebay on their toes.
  6. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    I get way too many of them :( I even get some things through The gauge :(
  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    well - let me re-phrase that - I got some spam through my e-mail I use here on the GAuge - not exactly "through" The gauge :) :)
  8. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    I had an e-mail that said I needed to up-date my ebay account.
    OK.....Now if I only had an ebay account.....
  9. belg

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    Guys I got one this AM to update my Paypal account so be on the look out for this one as well!! Pat
  10. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    Yeah, I got two asking me to update my Citibank account. I had to ask, "what Citibank account?" I don't have one. What was even more revealing was that when I put the cursor over the link, Firefox showed it to me at the bottom of the screen. It included the four-letter "F" word in the URL. I suspect that there were a few people that didn't do that and that did have a Citibank account, and just responded. So be it...
  11. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Have to ask you "good Samaritans" a question :)

    If you ever get spam from a company you never deal with, do you still go to that company's site & report the spam????

    I try to when I have the time.. :) I've reported about 4 in the last year.. The worst 2 sites for being spammed are e-bay & paypal :( :(
  12. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

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    No, for the most part, Thunderbird filters out like 90% of my spam, and I have no idea what Yahoo does, but some still get through there. That's the address that I get these requests to verify data and offers to split tens of millions of dollars. If I were to get spam from a company I didn't deal with, I might contact them, but these other phishing scams obviously don't come from the company they proport to represent. I doubt that they could, or would, do anything about it.
  13. belg

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    Don I have contacted Ebay directly on their live help line and they did ask that I forward it to their fraud management team, that being said it only seems to be getting worse instead of better. Must be alot more folks jumping on board the scamming wagon EASY money temps them I guess. Pat