ALERT! Ebay FRAUD! A Must Read!

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  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

    bobber205

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    You guys must be on the alert for a new type of ebay fraud.
    I just got an email about a non-existent item I "sold recently" on ebay.

    This is bad because I know that I have not sold anything in months.
    I assume when I go to reply to the message, I will have to log in, and that's when they'll get my password.

    Has anybody else here got this message? :eek:

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  2. StokeLee macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried logging in by typing www.ebay.com in your browser manually, and not following any links?
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Other possibilities
    1) Hijack
    How do you know your account hasn't been hijacked and someone else is running fraud auctions? (in this case the tipoff may be that the email is from a "potential buyer" not a buyer). But in Hijacking cases, often the first you know about it is people complaining to you that "you" didn't send the goods. Hijackers will try to solicit sales off-EBay direct to a hotmail or yahoo email account, rather than go through the eBay member email system.
    2) The email may (as you suspect) be a complete fraud, a phishing attempt to get you to log into eBay -- but really to their phishing website -- and thus steal your eBay name and password.
    It would be helpful to see the full Headers of the email, so we can show what to look for to detect where the mail really came from.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ugh! :( :( :(

    Do make sure you log into your eBay account and make sure you don't have any sales showing, though. :(
     
  5. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I have not received that message, but I have received several similar messages recently that requested the lowest price I was willing to sell my item for without mentioning the item or item number. This is obviously a generic message that should be treated as spam (or fraud).
     
  6. Lau Guest

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    That is indeed strange if you haven't sold anything. I would also check that someone hasn't hijacked your account, and sold something in your name.

    If you type in www.eBay.com (or your country's equivalent) and check "My eBay", make sure there's been no activity you haven't authorised.

    edit: so, so, slow.... :eek:
     
  7. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Obvious fake. There is no auction title next to the auction's number. Although, the fakes are getting so hard to tell apart from the original. eBay should move to digitally signed email (PGP or something).
     
  8. StokeLee macrumors 6502

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    Dont ya hate it when that happens. Esp when everyone says virtually the same thing as you.
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    I got one similar to this, but it was more PayPal-related... but it looked almost exactly like an eBay message. The person was wondering if I'd gotten the money he'd sent me for an item I sold... the kicker being, I've never sold anything on eBay.
     
  10. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    Forward that message to ebay notifying them of this situation.
     
  11. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    [​IMG]

    There's some more info that wasn't included the first time.

    My account hasn't been hijacked. In fact I just used it this morning.
    And just now I checked again. (You never know). Everything ok.

    Weird.:cool:
     
  12. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    HAH! I had the same message months ago. it was very funny, tried making me log in and that. I contacted eBay and forwarded the email with all the IP's and info and stuff.

    I had one for paypal once too but I cant remember that exactly. another scam like.

    its sad though that sometimes these people win.
     
  14. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I received a message yesterday pretending to be from Paypal, wanting confirmation about a luxury purchase I had supposedly made. I was instructed to click to "verify the transaction", no doubt by entering personal information. And, surprise surprise, the address was something.paypal.something.mx (Mexico), not paypal.com.

    Too bad I "accidentally" deleted that message. :rolleyes:
     
  15. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wow. 106 views.

    Good. That means lots of people have been seeing this.:)
     
  16. croshtique macrumors 6502

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    Whenever I get those sorta emails I click and hold on the link they want me to click and double-check the URL they're sending me to (using Mail.app). Everytime so far it's been bogus (see attach.)

    PS - that original eBay spoof has a a .co.uk and .com mismatch, another clue to its fake-ness :)
     

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  17. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    I got fake ebay mails all the time, its so annoying, I got that same message a week ago...
     
  18. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    It's a phishing spoof. It's very common and very easy to spot. I've gotten them before and Yahoo! conveniently loads them into the junk folder for me.
     
  19. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I got one of these for the first time. I just marked it as "Junk" and went about my business.
     
  20. doucy2 macrumors 65816

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    ive gotten a few of these types of messages

    actually someone got into my ebay addount once but the idiots forgot to change the password soo i got into my account and changed it and they were SOL lol

    seeing fake stuff such as that e-mail of your is not rare
     
  21. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    What kind of a person would actually fall for this kind of scam, :confused: especially now?
     

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