New eBay Scams... Beware

DocHornetDocHornet Posts: 190Expert Adviser
edited September 2012 in OFF TOPIC
I've experienced a recent spate of fake eBay scam emails, that you might want to pass along to other car guys. Basically, if you have an item listed on eBay, these guys send out what appears to be the standard "an eBay member has a message for you" which usually says something like "I'm interested in buying the 'item' you have on eBay.. please email me"

The fake eBay email has the standard yellow RESPOND button. when you click on the button, a fake eBay login screen appears, and this is where they collect your user name and password for other nefarious purposes.

I almost got caught up in this yesterday, then just after "logging in" realized I'd been scammed, so immediately opened a new session in eBay and changed both user name and password.

The cure for this is to NEVER press the RESPOND button to a supposed eBay email. Instead, log in to your eBay account and go to the messages section to see if there really is a message there. If not, the email message you received is totally bogus.

Here's an example of a recent one I got. Usually the wording of the message gives it away.



  • Park_WPark_W Posts: 2,545Senior Contributor
    Another one I almost fell for a few months ago ... seller on said was serving as an escrow service for the sale because the owner was serving overseas. I got a bit suspicious when they said the payment was to go via Western Union to an address in FL. Then I stumbled across a note on that said they never provide this type service and there had been some spoofing going on, so I aborted the process, but just in time.
  • hudsontechhudsontech Posts: 4,606Senior Contributor
    I don't even respond to the emails, like from PayPal, telling me that they want to update my account. Just delete it. Sad thing to all this is there is probably, over the years, been at least one genuine email offer - if I don't recognize the sender I just delete it.
    So if any of you send me an email that doesn't look quite right don't get mad if I don't answer it. In the nearly 20 years being on the internet I've only picked up one virus, which wiped out my hard drive - and that ain't bad Leroy. Which is why all my Hudson files are backed up or run off flash drives.

    Alex Burr
    Memphis, TN
  • Alex, just this morning I got an E-bay message saying my account will be closed if I do not reply as soon as possible. I do not have an account with them, so lust deleted it. Walt.
  • 54SuperWasp54SuperWasp Posts: 649Expert Adviser
    I am very independent on money. I regularly flush e-mail telling me I inherited millions of dollars almost every month...and always from somebody in Africa! I did not know I was so popular there. I will ask Sam not to put my picture again in the WTN. Michel
  • hudsontechhudsontech Posts: 4,606Senior Contributor
    Walt, I get emails from ebay saying that my account will be closed - I just delete them and so far my account (I have one) has not been closed.
    It's called "phising". Somebody out there wants your info and they are "phishing for it"!!

    Alex Burr
    Memphis, TN
  • The scammers get their addresses by people that put them in E-mail. Add 3 things before the address, I put 3 a's and tell the person to drop the a's. It's a computer that picks them up and when they send an e-mail it's returned. Walt.
  • MikeWAMikeWA Posts: 1,505Senior Contributor
    Another way to avoid email harvesting is to spell out the punctuation- mmittge at compprime dot com is mine.

    Also, Walt said "I don't have an account with them, so just deleted it." Actually, even if you do have an account with the bank that wants updated info, delete it anyway. They use many different bank names, and even a blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile. If bank needs more info, they will contact you directly, usually by mail- they will not email you.
  • dougsondougson Posts: 675Senior Contributor
    I like to think I am carefull and never open or respond to anything I don't recognize etc., however, I did get screwed by a character in the "UK" (Nigerian) who claimed to have a part I was looking for. Fooled once shame on ME.
  • I too got a e mail from E -Bay , Pay Pal ( but wasn't ) . The e - mail stated the $2000. Plus transfer was submitted but needed approval... to get my attention ..With the YELLOW RESPONSE BUTTON...So the key here don't response to e mail but check your account .
  • Not only on EBay, but Auto Trader. The scammer will use the pictures from some legitimate seller and post them on Auto Trader. Let's say a 1956 Ford Convertible in beautiful shape is listed in front of a Beverly Hills home, for $6500.00. That's a pretty great car for a low price. You send an email to them. They tell you the husband is a wounded war vet and needs money for a farm tractor, that's why they're selling. The car is actually at a shipping company ready to go. Send money. This happened to me, but I said "do you have a clear title and where can I see the car?". To make a long story short, they said the car was in Oklahoma. I said OK, where can I see it? Then it was at the shipping company in Calif. OK< where can I see the car? The moral of the story was the price was way too low for a 56 T Bird Convertible and if I could not see and touch the car, I wasn't going to buy it. Don't generally buy a car if you can't touch it. There are some good, honest people selling vehicles, but this wasn't one of them.

    d brown
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