E-Bay fraud - latest e-mail doing the rounds...

Yet another dodgy attempt to hack into paypal/ebay. Great lingo: 'bruteforcing attempts' sound fun.

As ever, if you get anything like this, don't click on links but forward the whole thing to spoof@ebay.co.uk and they will confirm pretty quickly whether it's genuine.

From: Member services
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 3:54 PM
Subject: Your account access has been limited

Dear member

Our systems detected your user ID being used in Europe. At the moment we are trying to trace and resolve the provenience of this matter, so please get involved in helping us trace these bruteforcing attempts. Use the link below to access our mainframe database and confirm the information we have on file for your account.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporarily suspend your account.

If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of PayPal policy to represent oneself as another member. PayPal is committed in assisting law enforcement with any inquires related to attempts to misappropriate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft. Information will be provided at the request of law enforcement agencies to ensure that impersonators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law..

Thank you for your patience as we work together to protect your account.

PayPal Account Review Department
And another one.... designed to worry. The link takes you through to a rogue site which tries to capture your Ebay data and credit card information. Note the way it hints that you have already given your pin!

----- Original Message -----
From: eBay Billing Department
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 1:46 PM
Subject: Alert

Hello [name], place or change your account information on file

Dear , eBay needs a correct information from you.

eBay requires correct credit card information in full each month on accounts with balances of $1.00 or greater and if your account becomes past due. We are unable to verify or authenticate your credit/debit card information on file with us. You have been pre-indefinitely suspended from eBay because credit cards information incorrect (credit card number, pin, expdate or cvv2 code). If you feel you have been suspended in error or want to appeal this decision by providing additional information, we offer you the ability to place or change the information you submit to us.

Important: In order to continue buying and selling, you must have a valid account information on file at eBay. Please update information in your eBay account now by click here and entering the new information yourself in your account. Or click to this link below :

[nasty link deleted by FS]

Per 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.

An email regarding this was sent to you at .


eBay Billing Department
Thanks FS, good tip. As in this case. a combat indicator of many of these fraudulent messages is that the English is slightly dodgy. Having said that, (a) correct spelling and grammar is no guarantee; (b) some of the best ARRSE posts would be ignored if dodgy English was the only test. :wink:
CRmeansCeilingReached said:
are you suggesting that less literate arrse posters are all part of an Albanian ebay fraud ring? ;)
I think he is suggesting that some of the less than literate arrse posters are rings :twisted:

Or perhaps that you should post your ring on arrse if it is illiterate? 8O

Can't work out who is Albanian? Is that a user on this site ;)

Ghost :D
A slightly better one than usual...

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I forwarded it to spoof@ebay.com, and they confirmed it was a fraud.

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