Heads Up...eBay E-mail Spoof

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by eightyeightfan1, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Just got an e-mail from an ebay member tonight asking how he could pay for an item, and my pay pal account wasn't working and wanted to know why.
    Two things that got me thinking that this is a spoof mail,(Came complete, looking official from ebay, all the symbols, links in blue,.... the works)
    First...I don't have anything on ebay for sale, and....
    Well...No kidding my paypal account ain't working......I don't have one.
    So...I did an investigation on the "member" that sent me the e-mail(barsley1105). He hasn't been a registered user in over a year!
    Just a heads up for you active ebay members.
  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks Ed. I've gotten email telling me that I have to update my Paypal account too, and like you, I don't have one either. I just worry about those that do have an account and get this. There are a couple of banks that keep bugging me to visit their web site and "protect" my account from fraud. I guess I'm going to have to open accounts with them first in order to do that.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Damn, why can't some people make an honest living like the rest of us do? :curse:
  3. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't think I would trust any bank that saw the need to go on phishing expeditions to try to get me as a customer!
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    They don't, they're as phony as the eBay scheme that Ed's talking about. If I had an account at that bank and I responded to the phising scheme, I'd be in trouble, for as with Ed's email, click on the link and you have no idea where you're going. Not to eBay, not to PayPal and certainly not to the bank's web site. If for every 1.000,000 they send out, one person bites, that's their payback. They even go so far as to warn you about these phising schemes and that you're only "protecting" your account this way...:rolleyes:
  5. ScottyB

    ScottyB Member

    Never, EVER, click on a link in an e-mail. Period. If in doubt, type the known address of the site into your browser and visit the site that way.
  6. 2slim

    2slim Member

    88 & Don,
    I noticed here lately on the HO trains category an auction which shows a scantly clad young lady and the auction title "have you seen me?" I've never opened these as I'm afraid it's some sort of phishing scam. But I recall there was someone actually selling trains legitimatly using scantly clad young ladies as models holding the trains! I'm sure the auction-police had fun with that guy! They say you can send these spoof emails to Ebay and they'll stop them. I'll bet the success ratio is pretty negligable.

  7. Jac's Lines

    Jac's Lines Member

    Uh oh, I wonder if I shouldn't have sent my social security number and other vital information to the widow of a deposed west African president who emailed me last week. She promised to split a million dollars in an offshore escrow account with me, and I figured "what could I possibly lose"?!? After all, she's a widow and everything...sign1
  8. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    I closed my e bay account and I still get letters wanting me to upgrade my account or it will be closed..Never have a PayPal account but,am advised to upgrade my account by reaffirming my information.
  9. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    I get those also. That and the "European Lottery Winner".
    What I do is send a copy of the "Nigerian" letter to the lottery contact, and a "Lottery" to the "nigerian" contact.
    Be amazed how much those have slowed down.
  10. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I clearly recall an early 1970's print add in Railroad Model Craftsman with a bikini clad lass hawking plastic building components. :)

    I have also received that paypal notice email and dispatched it forthwith!
  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I saw "spoof" and thought this was going to be a funny thread.

    You can get a much better return by turning the Nigerian money laundry over to the Nigerian government.

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