Phishing email: Your question from an eBay member
March 2, 2009
Just a few days after I wrote about eBay scams and scammers, I received an email purportedly from eBay which obviously was a fake email intended on getting my personal information.
How did I know it was fake?
For one, I am currently not selling any products on eBay so it’s impossible to receive a “question from an eBay member” about my product.
Two, the links on the email do NOT lead to the official eBay.com or eBay.ph site but to a suspicious site http://0xc.0×92.0x4a.0×44/custsvc/_include/Function.asp (Do NOT go to this site!).
Lastly, the email account that received the “eBay” letter is not the account I use in eBay.
Given those things , I was sure right from the time I opened the email that it was a spoof or phishing email.
A phishing email is an email used to direct recipients to a fraudulent website where they are asked to provide personal information which is used for identity theft.
The fake eBay email asks:
What’s the final price? If I buy one how can I pick it up? Please respond me now because I’m very interested in your product.
It also includes a link to the supposed profile of felicia9, but if you merely hover your cursor on the link, you will see that it does not direct to the official site but to a different site.
Make sure you don’t fall for these phishing emails. Check our related readings to see how you can protect yourself against these phishing scams.
You should read these other articles:
- Beware of the fake UnionBank website
- Phishing email: Your eBay account has been suspended
- Beware of these eBay scammers
- Other examples of phishing emails