I use ebay quite a bit and recently recieved one of the spoof emails. It was very good.
Never give out any password/account name in an email, and if changing your details online always log in first by going to www. ebay. co. uk and log in using the My Ebay - never update details from an email link.
The website you are on should also start https:// and the padlock in your browser should be closed.
Ebay also now have a toolbar with "account gaurd" for internet explorer which will alert you if you are not on a genuine ebay page click here
I reported the email and the website where it directed you to the ebay fraud team.
I also often receive e-mails purportedly from ebay but never use any link that they offer as Ebay does not operate like this.
To date I have made a modest 250 or so deals using Ebay (about half selling/half buying) and have had no cause for complaint- I have 100% positive feedback and have not issued negative feedback to anyone either. Many of the bought items come from the states. Some have been PC components and software and again I have had no problems. You get dodgy dealers and fraudsters using all forms of advertising/selling media you just have to exercise a great deal of care.
I use ebay a little bit, mainly for buying and have picked up some components at excellent prices, examples xp3000 (£67) 2 x 512 mb hynix pc3200 (£70) these are in this pc. I too have 100% feedback ratings, have had to leave negative feedback twice for people who bid and did not pay for an old mobile phone I sold.
I have sold some of the old components from upgrades also.
However, I see people buying used items for more than they can buy brand new warrantied items from online retailers - must be the auction fever.