Post Number: 474
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 6:34 pm: |
I almost fell for what I am sure is an eBay scam today. Here's what you need to watch out for.....
I received an email saying that I was going to receive a strike because I had not paid for an eBay item I had won on auction. The email included a link to the "item" and a link to the requirements for appealing the feedback and warned that my account could be suspended if I did not resolve it.
My first instinct was to click the link to the item. I was thinking, "maybe somebody hacked my account and ordered something". Then it occurred to me that the link might take me somewhere I didn't want to go so I escaped out. Then I went to a different computer and logged into my eBay account. No messages from eBay. No won auctions with payment required. I searched for the "item number" provided in the bogus email. It doesn't exist.
If you get an email saying you're gonna get dinged for not paying for a purchase, don't follow the link. Go to your eBay account and make sure all is right there.
Post Number: 995
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 7:00 pm: |
Thanks for the Alert. I feel safer to always handle my Ebay business directly from the ebay site on the browser rather then to respond to a possible fraudulent " fisher" email that could direct me to as you stated "a place I didn't want to go " Good call and a good save !
Post Number: 4432
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 7:41 pm: |
I generally never just "click" on the link in an email from anyone asking for info or telling me my account has a problem, etc. I always open a browser and go to the site directly to verify if the email is authentic. More often than not, it's bogus. You gotta be careful out there!
Post Number: 9339
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 8:05 pm: |
You may want to forward the email to ebay. Check the site, but I think it's scam @ ebay.com
Post Number: 4433
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 8:10 pm: |
In my expereince, most sites use "spoof@" for forwarding suspected bogus emails, as in "spoof @ ebay.com"
Post Number: 9340
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 9:01 pm: |
Your right; I just checked and it is indeed spoof @ ebay.com
(Message edited by davehouck on May 25, 2010)
Post Number: 1958
|Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:24 pm: |
A couple of years back I stupidly followed a link email to ebay which was a spoof of a genuine item for sale on Ebay. A few days later I found that I couldn't get into my ebay account and someone had changed the password and listed a car for sale on my ebay site.
A police officer friend of mine advised me to report it to the police as this was classed as identity fraud.
I did and also contacted Ebay who I have to say, were very slow and lax in dealing with it. Even sent me numerous reset emails "To my Ebay messages account" ... DUH...!!!
I only got their messages because i had my account set to forward messages to my regular email account. Unfortunately the hacker had beaten me to the message every time and changed the password.
After about a month they sorted it out, removed the fake advert details, bad feedback from sale of car etc etc.
Since then it's been fine.
I was pretty annoyed with myself that I followed a link to Ebay as I'm usually very good at spotting fakes and usually only log into sites directly via the browser and not via a link from an email.
What made me suspicious was that usually I always get my login accounts right first time but logging in via the link I had to type my pwd in a few times. So at the time I was suspicious.
Post Number: 9342
|Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 8:45 am: |
Thanks for posting that Jazzyvee; sharing these first hand experiences helps all of us.