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beadsbydesign
25-03-2006, 10:12 AM
have very nearly come a cropper this morning and would like to warn all you sellers on ebay.
I sell several hundred items a month on ebay and so it is very difficult to know instantly who is who with your buyers. Yhis morning I received an email question about an item (I get upto 15 a day) . I was knocked off balance by the tone of the email which read:
"I am still waiting for the item if you so not get back to me ASAP I will report you to ebay"
Being the 100% feedback, nothings too much bother for my clients etc. type of person I was pretty shocked. Normally if a parcel has gone missing (and they do from time to time) an email enquiry from the client is all that is required. All my clients have been polite, friendly and ready to deal with the situation rather than being sharp and rude.
Anyway I thought nothing of it and clicked onto the respond now button, It took me to a sign in page which I did and then it took me to the american version of my ebay, then I panicked. I realised something must be wrong and quickly logged in and changed my password before someone else did.

I have forwarded the email to spoof@ebay.co.uk.
I checked the user id and found that there were no users with that name "castlebery2004" and when I searched for the Item number, it came back as a "god bless you statue"! (God bless you for giving us all the details we need to run rampant with your account!!
I have always prided myself on being very spoof conscious and am shocked at how something that I found alarming made me react!
In the words of Hill Street Blues ...... BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

lab
25-03-2006, 08:39 PM
thanks for that Karen

KarismaKandles
25-03-2006, 10:52 PM
Yeah

Thanks for the heads up.

It it just me or do the ****/spam emails really make your blood boil, I am sick of spoof ebay emails and barclays asking me to update my information I dont even have a barclays account.

hacking and spamming should be stoning offences.

swirlyarts
26-03-2006, 11:21 AM
Hiya,
I had exactly the same email the other day - I was alerted to it being a **** by the fact that I haven't got anything for sale on ebay at the moment! They had obviously got my email details from somewhere and thought that they would try it on! I did send mine onto spoof@ebay and they confirmed that it was a spam email. I can't remember the email adress and I've deleted it now so I can't warn you - sorry. One quick tip that might be worth remembering is to check all messages that you get in your email through your messages section on you ebay page - I've never had a spam message through there but have had plenty to my actual email adress - I may have been lucky though.
Just re-read this and hope it makes sense to everyone out there - if not I can clarify!
Lynsey

manwanis
20-12-2006, 08:56 AM
Thanks for sharing

carolinemhannon
20-12-2006, 01:18 PM
thanks for the heads up Karen

Craft Chick
20-12-2006, 04:49 PM
The very same thing happened to me, although alarmingly it was sent to an email address that isnt associated with an ebay account (As far as I know). I did the same thing and immediately reported it to ebay, obviously fearing that someone has set up a spoof account on my email address. I have since changed that email as a further precaution but it's so frustrating when these things happen and force you to change these kind of details.

I've always thought I am very spoof conscious too but it's true, if I hadnt immediately realised i dont have an ebay account to that address I probably would have been very shocked and just followed the steps through in an attempt to try and find out what was going on.

0103media
20-12-2006, 05:02 PM
My advice is ignore all email if your email address is public.. Only read email that are not from ANY company..

Only use 1 email address for public use and another for private/business..

Submit to directories can cause massive amounts of spam but NOTHING in comparision to putting a email address on a web site...

If you like someone then you can just add someoneihate@somenastplace.com to forums sig's etc..

My 4 main account now get 280 emails a day.. With about 40-60 being "real" ..

I have 15 + email address and most of them get 1 spam email a month!!


Tips in regards to all email is NEVER EVER click on anything..

DO not ever enter competitions with emails..

Nothing much in life is free and IPOD's arn't free..

Good luck...

euston-74
20-12-2006, 05:13 PM
It's worth looking out for spoofs from Paypal too. It's happened to me twice, you get an email saying something like: 'your payment of '$400 odd' to some buyer you've never heard of - has gone through. Both times it claims I've bought a TV!
The first time it happened it really freaked me out but fortunatly I remembered to log into my paypal account and not to click on the link in the mail. I also called my credit card company to check too - but it was all fine.
It is horrid though - the way these things make your heart jump when you read them!
Mel

carolinemhannon
20-12-2006, 05:25 PM
i've just rememebered something, if you want to check that an email is from ebay, log in to ebay, if they've sent you anything it'll say you've got a message

ebay now sends everything to your email address and ebay messages

0103media
20-12-2006, 05:42 PM
Almost all do that now thank god..


I just tried to paste an example but my firefalls started blocking these forums.. ops..

Had to delete..

Basically login into your accounts to check but always via the address bar.. Never from google/or email etc..



4 yrs ago I remeber openning a attachment from a email that 5hrs later had sent 12,000 emails from my outlook ..

michelleC
16-01-2007, 07:35 PM
The lengths some people will go is astounding.
Will be keeping my beady eyes open
Thanks

Le Rayon de Cartes
16-01-2007, 10:04 PM
ca
Yeah

Thanks for the heads up.

It it just me or do the ****/spam emails really make your blood boil, I am sick of spoof ebay emails and barclays asking me to update my information I dont even have a barclays account.

hacking and spamming should be stoning offences.

i really like the idea of that it makes you wonder where these poeple find the nerve to do it and why they would want to we are just in the process of starting to sell over ebay so thank you for the warning and hope your account is now safe
just remember my hubby uses spamcop you give them your emails and they report it to the spammers isp and the idea is if enough people do it they can stop spamming addresses quicker
pm me for link as can't add them yet as haven't done enough posts yet

Apple Tree Crafts
17-01-2007, 01:06 AM
If you do, perchance, open any of these spoof emails from purporting to be from either PayPal or eBay...

RUN A THOROUGH VIRUS SCAN IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

Change your passwords for absolutely everywhere you go that requires passwords. Some of these emails contain 'key-logger' bugs that can track your passwords!

There is also another spoof from PayPal floating about that looks like a survey, for which you can get $20 if you complete it. This spoof looks very professional, until you get to the bit where they ask for your bank details and PIN number!

Be warned, be aware, be safe!


Jules

manwanis
17-01-2007, 03:46 PM
I have installed the latest version of Opera browser. There is an auto check if the site I have in front is phishing.

Thanks for your learnings and experience.

0103media
17-01-2007, 04:19 PM
The tesco's 20 free voucher is everywhere ;)

U get nothing for free..

You might get discounts but that about it..

I trust nothing the envoles my email / address.. etc..

Sammy Potter
08-03-2007, 12:55 AM
Thanks for the tip

Apple Tree Crafts
08-03-2007, 10:18 AM
Again, this is the place to go to get the heads up on the latest ****s. Members on these boards are red hot on the spam or phishing stuff.

If you get a dodgy email, don't open it, but log in to the eBay boards first. There will be something about it on there, I guarantee it. And they can tell you how to report it etc.

I know there are trolls, but just ignore them completely.

Jules

just_mai
08-03-2007, 12:10 PM
It's worth looking out for spoofs from Paypal too. It's happened to me twice, you get an email saying something like: 'your payment of '$400 odd' to some buyer you've never heard of - has gone through. Both times it claims I've bought a TV!
The first time it happened it really freaked me out but fortunatly I remembered to log into my paypal account and not to click on the link in the mail. I also called my credit card company to check too - but it was all fine.
It is horrid though - the way these things make your heart jump when you read them!
Mel
Had a couple of them as well from supposed pay pal ordering sports goods from america, and to be sent to an american address hence i knew it was a **** email

candles by lisa
08-03-2007, 01:40 PM
This really makes my blood boil. People who are very computer literate targeting people who are not as computer literate (like myself) I couldn't tell you one end of a computer from the next but I try very hard creating a website and keeping it going. Particularly bad they way they make out that you are a poor seller because as you know your reputation counts for everything on the web !!!

Sorry on a rant I will feel better after I get the tablets!!!

:mad:

Gabriella
27-05-2008, 01:31 PM
I second that. If ebay wish to communicate with an ebayer, they always send the message to you via the ebay messaging system.

creativeclare
27-05-2008, 02:56 PM
I recieve quite a few fake emails from someone claiming to be an Ebay buyer.

They usually read something along the lines of "If I don`t send out their Nikon Digital Camera right now they will report me to Ebay and the FBI"


Slightly extreme even for a phishing email! Don`t really think the FBI would be that interested, actually:mf:

Silver Butterfly
01-06-2008, 11:47 AM
I can't believe there are people out there who would insult our intelligence by adding in the FBI bit!!! what are these people on??!

Makes my blood boil too - just feel like you're constantly wasting your time deleting spam out of your inbox.
I've not had many problems with my hotmail accounts, but I had a yahoo account and that seemed to be really bad, getting up to 60 spam emails per day. Now I have separate email accounts depending on what I want to do (i.e. one for me to use for friends/family, one for other stuff)

Lisa - I love your website - it looks very professional :)

heavenlygirl
01-06-2008, 02:02 PM
All these cmments sound so familiar. I get at least 5 or 6 emails a day asking for me to update my bank account details they seem to try a new bank every week. Also at the moment I am being bombarded with emails relating to porn stuff, 60 a day sometimes and they are all through my shop website, why do they think I want to know this stuff.

I get the ebay ones also saying I havn't paid for something, and i havent bought or sold anything on ebay for nearly 2 years.

It drives me mad:mad:

Heather

notaregift
01-06-2008, 02:24 PM
haven't experienced this in my ebay account except for the occasional updates and announcements. i did get once an email from "paypal" it said to update my details but when i clicked the link a window popped up saying that there has been fraud. i think it was my spyware or something that found out. thank goodness it did or else i could've been in big trouble.

Chris W
01-06-2008, 02:53 PM
Thanks for all the warnings, it does seem a minefield. I got an email from a company in China last week asking for a catalogue, I can't think anyone from China would want to buy my items.

auntynet
05-06-2008, 01:48 AM
Another helpful tip is to download the ebay toolbar. It has "Account Guard" on it which will change colour if the email claiming to be from ebay or paypal is a ****. Its helped me a few times.

mrs*h
05-06-2008, 09:02 AM
thankyou everyone for letting us all wow cnt belive that!

PaulineR
05-06-2008, 09:12 AM
My Advice is to get the Ebay tool bar twice this week it has saved my guts.

I have had two emails one from ebay and one from paypal both telling my account has been limited and to log on and update my details and correct the ones highlighted. weel both times I click on the link and as the website came up I got warning window from the ebay guard thingy on the tool bar telling me that the site was fraudulent and I forwarded both on the real sites

woodtattoos
05-06-2008, 11:42 AM
I'm stunned at the number of emails from "banks" asking me to update my security details or renew my access... when I have nothing to do with the actual banks concerned.
Also, I get lots of emails from "PayPal" to an email address that has no PayPal links to it at all.
No matter how many times you report these phishing ****s, they just keep on coming!

Si.

charlotte
05-06-2008, 01:52 PM
Thanks for sharing it with us.

Every time that I have to answer a question on ebay, I have to login before and enter my details. It even happened to me that ebay changed its version and went to French or German!

I have never thought that it can be a ****. Now I am shocked and expect the worst :sleep:

susanshoe
07-06-2008, 07:47 PM
I just noticed that this thread was last posted on a while ago, so I hope this doesn't get me in trouble for ressurrecting dead posts, but I thought I could recommend Firefox's email service, Thunderbird. I used to receive spam quite a lot, like many posters on this thread, but I now get spam very rarely indeed. (I feel like I'm tempting the Fates here :P)

Edit: I just found a whole other page of replies, please ignore my ressurrection comment :)

shiner
29-09-2008, 10:00 PM
I recently had an email asking to help a rich British national wanting to escape from the middle east but they wont let him leave with his money, about 750,000, I could keep all the interest from the money when they get over here safely as a thank, just send them my bank details and they will do the rest. I bet they would... not. The police now have a print out of the senders info. They must think I'm stupid, I may be a bit grey up top but it still all works

Selina
29-09-2008, 11:02 PM
We get this kind of thing all the time regarding rental of our Villa in Florida, Always a similar e-mail, lots of very bad grammar, a doctor or a preacher, wishing you God Blessings etc! The **** being their 'company' will send a cheque for payment of the rental plus a couple of thousand extra, you take your rental cost and send them the differnce back so they can book their flight! I don't think so! I guess some people do fall for it else they wouldn't keep doing it! Selina

Fluffy Squirrel
30-09-2008, 12:09 PM
Over the last few months I've noticed that we are getting an increasing number of emails from various banks that we have no connection too, nor have we had any previous accounts with them.

We've had a few messages from Paypal and Ebay about restricted account access, etc but we've sent these on to the 'real' companies but never heard anything back.

We've had quite a few of the foreign emails too asking us for permission to use our bank accounts to deposit vast amounts of money until they get into our country with promises of substantial payment... these always seem to be from 'professionals' ie. doctors, preachers, etc.

It's quite worrying to think that people may actually fall for these ****s and what the consequences may be.

craftsensations
30-09-2008, 01:01 PM
Thanks for the heads up - I got something similar some time ago - it was the one time that ebay were actually pretty good as I told them about it and they actually responded for once!!

I'm having a problem with loads of emails about ****** at the mo! :D Don't know where they come from! It's to my hotmail account and I keep junking it and deleting it but to no avail - any ideas anyone???

Bath-Bomb.Com
30-09-2008, 07:06 PM
Apparently.............if my "Rod" was bigger my girlfriend would be more satisfied...

:confused:

I think my husband might be a bit embarrassed about it though!!!!