SPOOFING AND E-MAIL FRAUD
EBAY ALERT!!!! Here's an example of one of the FAKE ie Spoof emails I have recieved. Note that emails will appear very official looking with logos, URL's and be in the same colors and style of the real sites. They emails may take on varying forms/wording, however, they usually ask you for information or to hit "reply". If you receive email from Pay Pal or Ebay, Never hit "reply". If you have questions or want to report these emails, call Ebay or go to a browser like Google and type in "www.ebay.com" and then email from there. Again, never hit reply or give them any information by email:
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 7:07 AM
Subject: Urgent notice from eBay Safe Harbor !
Dear eBay member!
Your information in our eBay file, was marked (flagged) as incorrect and/or (fraudulent). To avoid any inconvenience concerning an interruption of your service membership, in future. Please take just a moment and update your eBay billing file. Remember to "doublecheck" all the fields for any possible mistakes.
To respond and update your information , please click on the web address below. If that does not work, please cut and paste the entire web address into the address field of your browser.
123ashddhuer.html">Change, Update and Verify!</a>
Privacy is very important to us. Our privacy practices are held to high standards by outside organizations such as TRUSTe. For more information on TRUSTe, please go to <outbind://4/www.truste.org> www.truste.org. As part of the normal operation of our services we collect and, in some cases, disclose information about you.
Your information is secured! The information you supply below is used solely to confirm its accuracy for verification purposes. The transfer of your information is protected by secure 128-bit encrypted SSL connection. Your personal information added in step 3 will not be stored by eBay Your credit rating will not be affected .
We use information in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Site, to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems and enforce our User Agreement. At times, we may look across multiple users to identify problems or resolve disputes, and in particular we may examine your information to identify users using multiple User IDs or aliases.
For our latest announcements, please check:
<A HREF="http://www2.ebay.com/av/announce.shtml"> latest announcements</a>.
In order to better serve you, we'd like to occasionally request feedback on our service. If you would rather not participate, please click on the link below and send us an email with the word "REMOVE" in the subject line.
If that does not work, please send an email to the email address below. Your request will be processed within 5 days.
Copyright C 2002 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
eBay and the eBay logo are trademarks of eBay Inc.
SOMETHING DISTURBED ME! So I wrote to Ebay, told them I didn't appreciate this email, it was wrong and I wasn't updating squat. Here is the Ebay's response:
From: eBay Customer Support
Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2002 2:02 PM
Subject: Re: What is this telling me?
Thank you for writing regarding the email you received. We will be happy to address your concerns.
The message you received was not sent by eBay nor was it endorsed by us in any way. By altering the reply-to address for this email, it appears to have come from an @ebay.com email address, when it actually came from an external email address. This also means that hitting the reply to button will send the message to the altered email address in the reply to field. This process is commonly referred to as "Spoofing".
The site that this email referred you to has now been taken down and we are currently investigating the source of the email. Although we are unable to provide specific information regarding the result of our investigation, we do take these offenses very seriously and will make sure that appropriate action is taken against those responsible.
Please remember that eBay will never ask you for your private information, including credit card information or password, in an email.
Also, eBay will never send you any request or solicitation from a non-eBay email account, or provide a link outside of eBay for entering credit card or other private information. If you ever need to give us information, it is suggested that going to the main website and following links there to the site map or any other place you may need to give information, is best. You will know for certain that you are on eBay.
In the future if you receive a similar email, do not respond to it, and contact us through the Rules and Safety Support at the following URL:
If you have entered your user ID and password on the site provided in the email, then you will want to change your password using the instructions below:
* Click on the site map link (located at the top of any eBay page)
* Scroll through the 'Services' section
* Click on the link 'Change my password'
Then once you are on the Change your password page, follow the instructions that appear on that page.
We apologize for any confusion this message created for you and we appreciate your efforts in helping keep eBay a safe trading place.
Your Personal Trading Community (tm)
Important: eBay will not ask you for sensitive personal information (such as your password, credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, etc.) in an email. Learn more account protection tips at:
For our latest announcements, please check:
In order to better serve you, we'd like to occasionally
request feedback on our service. If you would rather not participate, please click on the link below and send
us an email with the word "REMOVE" in the subject line. If that does not work, please send an email to the
email address below. Your request will be processed within 5 days.