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eBay Phisher Scam

Email, supposedly from online auction site, eBay, asks recipients to log onto a bogus website and supply information.


Examples:(Received via email, February 2005)
Dear eBay Community Member,

It has come to our attention that your eBay Billing Information records are out of date. That requires you to update the Billing Information If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your billing records, you will not run into any future problems with eBay's online service. However, failure to update your records will result in soon account termination. Once you have updated your account records, your eBay session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Failure to update will result in cancellation of service, Terms of Service (TOS) violations or future billing problems.

To update and login to your eBay account, click on the link below:


Thank you for using eBay!

**This is no-reply message. Please do not reply to this email, as you will receive no response**

Dear Valued Customer:

We regret to inform you that your eBay account could be suspended if you don't re-update your account information. To resolve this problems please click here and re-enter your account information. If your problems could not be resolved your account will be suspended for a period of 24 hours, after this period your account will be terminated.

For the User Agreement, Section 9, we may immediately issue a warning, temporarily suspend, indefinitely suspend or terminate your membership and refuse to provide our services to you if we believe that your actions may cause financial loss or legal liability for you, our users or us. We may also take these actions if we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us.

Due to the suspension of this account, please be advised you are prohibited from using eBay in any way. This includes the registering of a new account. Please note that this suspension does not relieve you of your agreed-upon obligation to pay any fees you may owe to eBay.

Regards, Safeharbor Department eBay, Inc

The eBay team.
This is an automatic message. Please do not reply.

The above message arrives in HTML format as shown in the screenshot below:

HTML Scam message

The messages above are typical examples of an almost continual barrage of phisher scams that target online auction site, eBay.

The links in the scam emails leads to a fake website that closely resembles the real eBay login screen. Those who do "login" to the fake site are presented with a form that asks for sensitive personal information including address data and ATM card details. The screenshots below display parts of one of these fraudulent forms. Unlike a real eBay form, the page is not a secure site. The Internet criminals running the scam will collect any information entered into these fake forms.

Fake eBay Form Part One

Fake eBay Form Part Two

More information about these fraudulent activities is available on the eBay website.

Write-up by Brett M.Christensen