E-bay - spoof e-mail (not another one?)

  Pauper 11:44 16 Sep 2003

Morning all, just to inform those who are not aware of it, an e-mail purporting to come from e-bay customer support is cropping up, the link takes you to a genuine looking site which asks for all the standard registration details plus a few more.

This was recived by my wife this morning who got half way through filling in the details before giving me a ring at work as she thought it all seemed a little odd ;-)

From: eBay Customer Support [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 16 September 2003 09:40
Subject: NOTICE eBay Obligatory Verifying - Invalid User Information

"Dear ebay user,

We regret to inform you that your home phone number had an error on
Ebay Inc. databases.

We use your phone number for your identification purpose only.
If the requested information is not provided to us then we will regret to
inform you that your account will be suspended from our database until
required information is provided.
* Invalid User Information - Our records show that there are some
with the information that you registered with on our service. Due to this
violation your account will be suspended indefinitely from the site until
information can be provided.*

Due to the suspension of this account, please be advised you are prohibited
using eBay in any way. This includes the registering of a new account.

Please note that this suspension does not relieve you of your agreed-upon
obligation to pay any fees you may owe to eBay.

To provide us with your phone number, just click the link below and
Please complete this forum.

click here

eBay SafeHarbor
Investigations Team
Your Personal Trading Community (tm)

eBay Update team
click here"

apologies if any of the punctuation fails to copy/paste sucessfully.

Best thing to remember is that no vaild and profesional organisation/web site will come and ask YOU for your information.

Here's a view of the sites content: click here

  Pauper 11:46 16 Sep 2003

The first two "click here" are from the original message, only the last one is my add in for your info'

  millersmiles 09:34 17 Sep 2003

As a follow up to Pauper's post here, and subsequent to his link to the image of the email hoax here - I just wanted to let you all know that you can keep abreast of the latest bogus email that's being distributed. Images of the latest email forgery are posted (together with images of any bogus web site/page) at click here.

This is a free service and the page is usally updated at least once daily to reflect the spoofs that are reported to the site.

Pauper is quite right to say that no reputable site would request personal information in the manner that these hoaxes do, but it is much safer still to follow a very simple rule........

"Never use any link contained in an email at all - instead simply open your browser and manually type the URL of the site you want to go to in the address bar. Once there, you can then log into your account and interact in that way. If there is any real requirement for you to provide any information, you will be requested to, once you have logged into your account in the manner described above."

A lot of email advertisers may not like this, but it really is the safest policy in light of the sheer volume of hoax emails targeting eBay users alone.

If anyone ha received a spoof, hoax, bogus or forged email recently, please forward it to [email protected] where we can make it available to our thousands of site users for viewing as an image.

Many thanks.

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