eBay bogus email
Posted 22 August 2004 - 01:58 PM
I just received the following:
"Dear valued eBay member:
We recently have determined that different computers have logged onto your eBay account, and multiple password failures were present before the logons. We now need you to re-confirm your account information to us. If this is not completed by August 30, 2004, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely, as it may have been used for fraudulent purposes. We thank you for your cooperation in this manner.
To confirm your eBay records click here:
http://cgi1.ebay. (blah blah my blah) com/aw-cgi/ebayISAPI.dll?UPdate
We appreciate your support and understanding, as we work together to keep eBay a safe place to trade.
Thank you for your patience in this matter.
Trust and Safety Department
(There is a little more, but that should suffice.)
The trouble is, I *do not* have an eBay account. As far as I know, I've never even accessed the site. I don't conduct any $$$ on my home computer nor via the OE email address in question.
I did, however, give its address in accessing AVG to download its firewall a few minutes before getting the above alert. According to my records, I haven't given my email addy to anyone *else* recently, so the coincidence bears pondering.
Has anyone else seen this, or is it not an issue?
Posted 22 August 2004 - 05:31 PM
Without knowing you email address, ( DON'T post it!) I cannot be certain, but is it an address that could be guessed as probably existing, such as a fairly common name + number @ yourisp.com?
These spambots can send out hundreds of emails to random addresses, so it is not surprising that they actually do generate some hits!
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Posted 22 August 2004 - 06:19 PM
I fully agree about Grisoft. The coincidence I have in mind has to do with sophisticated 'harvesting' of passing emails. I know this happens; I just don't understand how.
More importantly, to me, I would like to know for a fact the alert did not come from eBay and/or have others received and identified it as a bogie. Do you know?
If it is a known bogie I will respond one way, if it isn't, then I should politely contact eBay for an explanation. I'm very much a newbie and I haven't done the 'tracert' thing yet. This might be a good time for me to learn the ropes.
I doubt my 'addy' would be intuited by spammers. I'm not even listed in the phone book, so a ran-gen on my name is unlikely.
Thanks for your response,
Posted 22 August 2004 - 06:47 PM
Do you still have the e-mail?
Posted 22 August 2004 - 07:25 PM
I put it in my OE "Deleted Items" folder without actually opening it, then pasted contents into Notepad. The message did appear in the preview window but it remains marked "Unread".
If you agree that it probably is 'scam-gen' would you recommend I that go through the 'tracert' protocol and remit an abuse email to the ISP?
Posted 23 August 2004 - 04:30 AM
For the UK, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org, not sure about other ebay's but should be easy enough to find out.
I realise you do not use ebay yourself but it would be worth sending as they try to track down whos been sending them and may cut down on some future scams, hopefully!!
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Posted 23 August 2004 - 03:34 PM
I'll send a note off to eBay/US later today.
Supernova; What a coincidence! I used your avatar as my desktop wallpaper until last month when I changed to the JPEG, Saturn~5, PIA05383 from JPL. What are the odds?
Dawson; Now if you got *that* on eBay, I'd sign up and they can send all the spam they want.
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Posted 24 August 2004 - 10:08 AM
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Posted 28 August 2004 - 04:58 PM
I sent a note to eBay and they responded with a "thank you" and their Policy Statement concerning such matters, confirming that the email in question was bogus. They said they were aware of the problem and the the author appeared to have an offshore IP address.
Posted 30 August 2004 - 10:16 AM
If you get one of these addressed to Dear User, it's ALWAYS a phishing scam. The address in the mail will look real, but look at the real address under the link. Nearly always, it's going to China.
If you get one, copy the header info and back into the message and forward it to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (as appropriate) -- and firstname.lastname@example.org.