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Anybody received this spam (??)

By onbliss ·
One of my yahoo email-ids, that I use just for Yahoo groups received an email with the following subject. ***Urgent Fraud Prevention Group Notice***

It is supposed to have come from eBay., they have all the logos etc :-)

I never give out this particular email id to anyone. Funny how they got it. My wife has her yahoo account too, and she has not received it though. Interestingly I do not even have an eBay account, whereas my wife has one.

Here is the full text message:

You have received this email because we have strong reason to believe that your eBay account had been recently compromised. In order to prevent any fraudulent activity from occurring we are required to open an investigation into this matter. To speed up this process, you are required to verify your eBay account by following the button below.

Please Note: If your account informations are not updated within the next 72 hours, then we will assume this account is fraudulent and will be suspended. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the purpose of this verification is to ensure that your eBay account has not been fraudulently used and to combat fraud.
We appreciate your support and understanding, as we work together to keep eBay a safe place to trade.
Thank you for your attention on this serious matter. We apologize for any delay in resolving this situation.

Mxxxxxxxx Fxxxxxxxx (I blacked out the name
eBay SafeHarbor
Investigations Team

And there is this footer

Please do not reply to this e-mail as this is only a notification. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.
eBay treats your personal information with the utmost care, and our Privacy Policy is designed to protect you and your information.
Copyright ? 2006 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
eBay and the eBay logo are trademarks of eBay Inc.
eBay is located at 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125.


There is a "Respond Now" button that urges us to click :-). I hovered my mouse over it and see that the URL points to a domain :-)

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Don't press reply

by j.lupo In reply to Anybody received this spa ...

Call the company instead and ask them about it. I found that when I get something into a "secure" account, I am better off making a phone call to the company. They usually know if it is one of their e-mails or not.

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Yeah, I did not...

by onbliss In reply to Don't press reply not intend to click the "Respond Now" or the "Reply" button. Hmmm..considering the fact that I do not even have an account with eBay I do not have much interest in calling the company.

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A number of times

by JamesRL In reply to Anybody received this spa ...

Legitimate notices from eBay come with your user name on them - anything else is a phishing attempt.

Just today I got a new variant - saying I owe payment on something. Seeing as I've never bid on anything thats highly unlikely.


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Must be Yahoo..

by onbliss In reply to A number of times

They could not have lifted it out of ebay, it must be from yahoo groups. I have seen yahoo groups being a target for some spamming attacks in the past.

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Phishing 101

by Tig2 In reply to Anybody received this spa ...

There have been a number of these kinds of things. I have seen this one a number of times but this is the first I have heard it recently- last time was about a year ago.

Gettting the "authentic look and feel" is really pretty easy. They are counting on you to be brain dead and follow the link. What you did was define the re-direct. Good for you!

I would hit delete with a clear mind. You may or may not wish to provide eBay with a copy.

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sept email

by Dr Dij In reply to Anybody received this spa ...

I have a sept email that ONLY ebay message get sent to, no one else. so without even trying to analyze message, I delete it if 'from ebay' but not to the private ebay email address.

(except that for ebay and paypal I take the time to fwd to their abuse and spoof email addresses before deleting)

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A common sight...

by rabscuttle In reply to sept email

Phishing is becoming an almost daily problem in the UK, more commonly trying (quite successfully) to duplicate bank emails. The answer is obvious, and has already been mentioned - never give out sensitive information in response to unsolicited emails. The one legitimate warning I received asked me to look up and ring the number I already had for my bank - a sensible approach.

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Thats why I block all emails with bank names by default

by mjwx In reply to A common sight...

and whitelist the specific mail servers of the banks. At least at work.

So an email with "commonwealth bank" or "NAB" (which are two of our biggest banks here in Australia) in it is blocked unless I'm sure it comes from The adress is different to protect the innocent (banks innocent?) but I'm sure you get the picture.

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Did Uganda give you a clue?

by Jack-M In reply to Anybody received this spa ...

I recieved about a dozen of these. Sometimes more than one in a day. Like you I ran my mouse over the 'respond now' button and when I saw it was going to Uganda I thought I lost money on Nigeria, surely I'll get rich on this<VBG>.

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No, it just confirmed

by onbliss In reply to Did Uganda give you a clu ... belief. Yahoo was usually good about identifying other spams, and moved them to the Bulk folder. But this was sitting right there in my Inbox.

For me it was easy to identify as a scam, because I do not use eBay.

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