Tuesday, August 31, 2004


If you use ebay, you're probably aware of this scam, but if you aren't, don't get suckered.

Please read this message.

The other day, I received an e-mail stating the following:
Dear eBay customer,
During our regularly scheduled account maintenance and verification procedures, we have detected a slight error in your billing information.
This might be due to either of the following reasons:
1. A recent change in your personal information ( i.e.change of address).
2. Submitting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
3. An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due to an internal error within our processors.
Please update and verify your information by clicking the link below:
If your account information is not updated within 48 hours then your ability to sell or bid on eBay will become restricted.
Jonathan Goodman ,
eBay Safe Harbour Dpt
A couple warning bells should have already gone off in your head. If you've done any ebaying, you'll know right off if your account is working properly or not without some sort of "maintenance" telling you so.
If you click on the link like I did, some other red flags pop up.
The link it brings you to is NOT AN EBAY LINK. Instead you are brought to:
When the page popped up, I instinctively tried to scroll up. Why? Because the page does not open as every other ebay page does. For one thing, the funky multicolored logo is not at the top. BIG WARNING SIGN.
Next, at the bottom of the page is a statement that says:
"Your data is being sent encrypted using eBay's SSL security"
If you look at your own browser though, you will note that there is no lock at the bottom of the screen and any info you put in will NOT be securely transmitted, like a true ebay screen would.
Then, if you're still like me and scratching your head, you'll read the page.
The form asks for every conceivable bit of personal information you can imagine. Your Name, Address, SSN, CC#, CC PIN, Card limit (no kidding!), Bank name, Bank account number, Bank routing number, Your ebay account and password. And just to seem even moderately legit, it has a comment box at the bottom.
I have an overwhelming urge to type in the simple message "YOU SUCK!"
Please, if you receive an e-mail like this, check, double-check then check again to make sure it is valid. Amazon and ebay clearly state when you join that they will never send you an e-mail asking for this sort of information or validation. While the info was not asked for directly in the e-mail, that is this guy's way of finding a sucker.
Don't let it be you.

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