Skip to comments.BEWARE: Another EBAY e-mail scam
Posted on 09/13/2003 1:51:13 PM PDT by A_Niceguy_in_CA
I just received a bogus e-mail that really looked like it came from ebay. It appeared to come from ebay. by the "from tags" and all the exact use of official looking ebay "webpages". But upon further digging into the actual e-mail headers, I found it did not come from ebay, but scammers instead. It directs you to a ebay "update page" which asks for all your personal, banking, credit card, ssn. birthdate, place of birth etc.
I've tried to "copy" the headers and message (without the graphics) of this email scam below.
Received: from aibo.runbox.com ([22.214.171.124]) by mc10-f19.hotmail.com with Microsoft SMTPSVC(5.0.2195.5600); Sat, 13 Sep 2003 07:36:39 -0700
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To: "(Ommited)" <(ommited)@hotmail.com> Subject: eBay Security Request
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 16:35:21 +0200
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----_NextPart_805960273494499"
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 13 Sep 2003 14:36:40.0233 (UTC)
Dear eBay User,
During our regular update and verification of the accounts, we could not verify your current information. Either your information has changed or it is incomplete.
As a result, your access to bid or buy on eBay has been restricted.
According to our site policy you will have to confirm that you are the real owner of the eBay account by log in and complete the form that will pop up or else your account will be suspended without the right to register again with eBay.
After you will login please verify your information in order to complete this verification.
eBay Customer Support
eBay User ID (fill in box)) You can also use your registered email.
eBay Password (fill in box) Forgot your password?
Protect yourself from fraudulent (spoof) emails eBay is working hard to help keep your account safe from hacking and unauthorized intrusions. Some community members have reported receiving deceptive emails claiming to come from eBay, PayPal, or other popular Web sites. These emails are also known as "spoof" or "phishing" emails. The people who send these emails hope that unsuspecting recipients will reply or click on a link contained in the email and then provide sensitive personal information (for example, eBay passwords, social security numbers, or credit card numbers).
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Educate yourself eBay's Help system provides detailed information about spoof emails, identity theft, and what to do if your eBay account has been compromised.
The old we need to borrow your bank account for 15 million dollar scam is going around again from the UK. And, if you help them take care of their money, eventually you'll get your 5% cut.
If it sounds way too good to be true, forward those to law enforcement. (I know that freepers aren't that stupid to fall for it though).
Don't EVER give your information in emails like this email is requesting.
From: "aw-confirm@eBay.com" To: "(Ommited)" <(ommited)@hotmail.com> Subject: eBay Security Request Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 16:35:21 +0200
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I cannot believe, in this day and age, that there are still gullible sheep out there who would e-mail that kind of sensitive info out to anyone who requested it. People must be losing brain cells at an incredible rate.
The various IP blocks were mostly allocated by IANA (Internet assigned number authority; back before ICANN took over). That particular IP happens to be one "owned" by KPNQwest in Oslo, Norway. There are various ways to find out the relevant information (some whois servers will provide the information, or you can use trace-route utilities, such as tracert on Windows, for example).
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