The scams I've been receiving typically involve fictitious auctions for expensive cameras or Rolex-class watches.
Jerry Moos Big Spring, TX
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 18:34:42 -0500 (EST) From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [CR] new-to-me ebay scam
This isn't exactly on-topic, but I thought some might want to know about it.
I received a very authentic-looking post from "an ebay member" asking that he be added to my buyers list.
Since I don't have anything on auction right now, I was perplexed, but since I've not seen a spoof like this one, I wasn't suspicious enough. All links lead to an ebay "sign-in" screen...I was dumb enough to sign in, without thinking.
almost immediately I realized what I'd done, and changed my ebay password.
This is a very insidious spoof. Hard to detect if you're not looking for it. I've seen dozens of them, and this one fooled me...not for long, but still.
I guess the moral of the story is never sign in on an even slightly dubious link. When in doubt..don't.
Charles Andrews SoCal
I've been getting these (again) today also. This is a relatively new scam (a couple months old). This is why eBay created the internal e-mail system called "my messages." If it's not also in "my messages" it's phishing, and a spoof e-mail, so check there if in doubt. Report all of these to eBay by forwarding them to email@example.com. (PayPal's Department for this kind of junk is firstname.lastname@example.org, BTW).
The one I just received (that I've now received maybe twenty times) reads as follows:
I recently placed a bid on item #5590717206 being a wheelchair for me that i really need do to my age (78 years old) and it seems that i can not find the auction anymore...May i please know if you are the seller of the item above?
Regards, Gretta.> These scumbags are probably the lowest form of vermin I've seen so far on the Web. And Greta don't spel hur nayme lyk thatt ehneewayze. Greg "the price of freedom is (still) eternal vigilance" Parker Ann Arbor, Michigan