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New PayPal/Ebay scam

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DAVE VAN, May 31, 2005.



    Feb 22, 2005
    New Jersey
    I recently received a new email from "service@paypal.com".
    It stated that my account was being used to make fraudulent bids on ebay. The letter looked very official with the paypal logo and all contents. I was skeptical and contacted PayPals fraud department and sent them a copy of the email and they confirmed it was a fake. Be careful of any emails from Paypal or ebay.
  2. Unfortunately, this is not at all new, you just have finally gotten "lucky" :lol: .

    Here are 2 of the best ways to tell, right off the bat, that these emails are scams.

    The first way, note the URL, it will generally be "http" and not "https". Anytime eBay or PayPal really wants you to do something security related, look to "https", the secured bits.

    The second way, one of my favorite web sites:

    And the specific link from there regarding this latest round of emails:

    The slime of the Internet just never stop.
  3. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    Yep. Must have had a dozen of those. Very sad :cry: 
  4. NeilCam


    Feb 21, 2005
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Third way to tell - they ask you to enter your details, although even if they don't there's still a very good chance it's a phish.

    99.99999999999999999% of the emails like the one mentioned by the original poster are scams.

  5. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    Yep - just ignore them all - and use a junk filter. Check your bank account yourself once in a while and you'll know if someone is withdrawing without your knowledge. And if you are being ripped off (contact your bank so you won't have to pay!) it's amost never through an internet source, more likely a phone or paper transaction.

    I swear, my work account gets 3 or 4 of this kind of thing a day. It's really annoying!
  6. Brian


    Apr 30, 2005
    Or just look carefully where it's linking to, usually in the text part it looks real, but when you click on the link, it will reveal the "secret", like http://numbers, and then you should know it's a scam. I have tried to put in fake username and password and it still says thank you. hmm... just be careful, when in doubt, DO NOT enter any personal information, but if you did, change them immediately!
  7. MikeG


    Apr 30, 2005
    SF Bay Area
    Quick solution...

    Whenever you receive an email from Paypal, immediately forward it to


    You'll receive confirmation within a few minutes confirming that it is a fake.

    PayPal never sends out that kind of drollop and Ebay only communicates to you via their in-house mail, which you'll see only when you are logged in.

    Bottom line, don't respond to any email from PayPal or Ebay that you receive through your inbox.

    HTH 8)
  8. NeilCam


    Feb 21, 2005
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Not necessarily a good idea. Depending on your email client, even opening the email runs the risk of installing a trojan/spyware on your PC and clicking on any links in bs emails such as these further increases that risk exponentially.

    It still comes back to dumping those sorts of emails immediately and/or reporting them.

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