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New eBay Scam March 7, 2006

Posted by brandon in email, phishing.
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I recently read about a new eBay scam message this week. Apparently it’s fairly well done so some folks might be fooled by it. This one purports to be a message from an eBay member and says you’re being contacted about a transaction (in article, it’s a Toshiba DVD recorder, but it could be anything). Supposedly a seller is requesting a credit for eBay fees because you decided not to complete the transaction and you’re asked to respond to eBay about it.

The message is full of text meant to assure you it’s real, including links to “how to protect yourself from spoof email” and the statement that your registered name is included to show the message originated from eBay. Many will be tempted to respond and let “eBay” know that they never engaged in such a transaction. Of course, if you click any of the links to respond, you’re going to end up at a phishing site.

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