[Elfsea] FYI, eBay shoppers & sellers

Betsy Marshall betsy at softwareinnovation.com
Mon Apr 9 18:04:20 PDT 2007

Yes, I've been doing this for years- any mail purporting to be from ebay or
paypal which starts with "Dear eBay/paypal member" and not my name (actual
registered name, not screen name) gets forwarded to the spoof@ address. So
far every last one has been faked/phished/what haveyou.



From: elfsea-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org
[mailto:elfsea-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Randal Mars
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 1:13 PM
To: falconrose at lists.ansteorra.org; Elfsea
Subject: [Elfsea] FYI, eBay shoppers & sellers


I had received an email from someone pretending to be Pay-Pal (concerning a
dispute over an alleged sale) informing me my account had been billed for an
item. They also stated there was a problem with a confirmation of my address
I had no knowledge of the item involved or the person listed as being a
so-called seller. I ignored it until today when I received a Customer
Warning from eBay concerning *spoof* emails. I did as the warning suggested
and forwarded onto them the entire email I had received. I just got
confirmation from eBay that the so-called "Pay Pal letter" was in fact spoof
and is now under investigation. I have received,over the years, several
bogus eBay and PayPal communications asking for passwords, account numbers,
etc. and deleted them immediately. 


This recent phish is a new breed, however, and I am glad I forwarded it on
to eBay. If you receive anything similar don't just delete it. (Ebay Safe
Harbor strongly advises NOT going to any website mentioned in the
questionable email. I am supposing their concern is because they feel the
website could be a doorway site for several possible types of  nasty
Trojans**)  EBay Customer Support requests that if you receive Any
questionable emails concerning eBay or PayPal that you please immediately:
Forward the entire email without any changes to : spoof at ebay.com 


You will receive within a short time a verification of receipt letter from
eBay that will contain a file number assigned to your report. In a separate
email you will receive further information from the Safe Harbour folks at
rswebhelp at ebay.com  telling you if your reported questionable email was in
fact a hoax. It makes sense for those of us who use eBay and PayPal to
assist in rooting out the low-lifes who try and take advantage of the trust
and goof faith of unsuspecting and maybe uninformed shoppers and sellers.


This concludes my Good Deed for the Day posting.




**Trojans:  I am posting a link that contains a "quick and easy to
understand" tutorial on what a computer Trojan is: visit:



...The only thing that makes growing older bearable for a woman is having
earned the right to truthfully speak her mind... ~Cecily Neville, Duchess of
York, 1483~ 

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