A few minutes ago, I cleaned up my inbox and found the following warning email from “eBay” threatening me that my “eBay account has been suspended.”
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subject: Your eBay Account Has Been Suspended
Your monthly eBay Invoice is now available for online viewing.
Invoice Date: Mar 25, 2008
Amount Due: $47.34
You can review your current Invoice details and Account Status at any time by clicking this link:
View Invoice –> links to http:// signin.cg5il.com/ ~cg5il/images
For future reference, you can access your invoice by following these steps:
1. Go to the eBay Home page.
2. Click My eBay at the top of the page, and sign in with your eBay User ID and password.
3. Click the “Seller
Account” link (below My Account in the left navigation menu).
4. Click the “Invoice” link.
2008 eBay, Inc.
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If, after seeing this email you immediately clicked the link and tried to log in to your eBay account, congratulations! You’ve been officially victimized by an email phisher!
A phishing email, just like the one above, usually looks like an official letter from a trusted source, such as a bank, credit card company, payment processor, or online merchant designed to steal one’s personal data such as credit card numbers, passwords, account login information, etc.
It usually bears cloaked links that do not actually lead to the official website. In the case of the eBay phishing email above, the embedded link in “View Invoice” is NOT an eBay site but a fake site: http:// signin.cg5il.com/ ~cg5il/images/.s/ws/eBayISAPI.dll%3fSignIn&ru=http%253A/
Phishing emails normally contain a sense of urgency too that threatens the recipient that something worse might happen if he does not act immediately. The worst happens, however, the moment the recipient falls for the trick. His credit cards could be used to make unauthorized purchases and his identity stolen and used to scam other people.
So before you click on the links of those weird emails, think twice. The email you are dealing with might not really be an official email, but rather a phishing email.
Browse to the other articles below to learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself against this threat:
13 thoughts on “Fake email: ‘Your eBay Account Has Been Suspended’”
Kaya mas okay talaga pag inbox sa ‘my ebay’ mismo yung oopen, sure na galing sa ebay.
There is a forum I found on the internet that is free, and helps with Ebay, PayPal, business and the law. Just post any question, the experts will answer it if it has not already been answered!
The forum has a lot of expert advice on it. http://www.modeeworld.com/forums I found advice there about how to avoid EBAY suspensions, get past PayPal limitations, also lots of detailed help on creating your own business, getting past trademark violations, VERO and lots more. Plus general advice on how best to sell on EBAY, what sells the best, how to get the best price for your product, really everything related to EBAY and internet business.
Also advice about how EBAY really works and how PayPal really works. The inside scoop.
Beautiful forum. I was made a moderator of the forum and I love it!
Hey this is really a great forum. Thanks in advance.
The best resource on the internet to help with this kind of thing is http://www.pandanger.com/forums/forum.php It’s the best resource for ebay suspension and paypal limitation issues. We can help!
The ebay suspension guide at can help. it’s available for instant download!
Stay away from possible emails such as that even with paypal’s limited emails that you receive.
I agree, stay away from any suspicious emails and messages that are luring you for information.
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whole of the UK but of course most of our work is in London .
I agree, there is to many suspicious activities going on with eBay.
There’s a rule that was taught at : https:www,aspkin.com/forums that we shouldn’t click on any link that’s emailed to us whether they are real or not.
there’s more discussion there as they teach people on daily basis on how to be stealth on bay, paypal and amazon successfully.