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2004-08-01, 07:18
so yesterday i was browsing the UK ebay site looking at some shoes, and i found a pair that were cute and were going for like 3pounds, so i emailed the seller to see how much shipping would be to australia.

So then i wake up this morning and i have two emails supposedly from ebay.co.uk, saying i have to verify my account as ebay.co.uk is doing maintinance. My ebay account is registered to ebay.com.au not .co.uk.

Anyway, the two emails, which were identical, both had a script form thing in there where i was supposed to submit my ebay user name and my ebay password.

Here is what the email said:

eBay Notice

Dear pepper_revolution@yahoo.com.au ,
We are currently performing regular maintenance of our security measures.
Your account has been selected for this maintenance.

Protecting the security of your eBay auction account is our primary concern,
and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Comments are welcomed!

In order to update your account information, you need to complete the following process!
If not, your account may behave unnormally and errors may occur without notification.


Please enter your eBay details:
eBay User ID:
eBay Password:
Very important: Please submit only once!

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First things i thought were stupid about this retarded email are all the exclamation points. i doubt the person writting this 'professional' email is that excited... and then there is "unnormally" intead of "abnormally" written in the email... oh and the fact that i was supposed to email them my password and user name. lame :jerkit:

2004-08-01, 13:11
wow dude, those are like all my email addresses from the past 4 years. I don't even need a memory when you're around, because u seem to remember my life and my internet activities pretty well.

right on lill' dude.

2004-08-01, 13:41
i have reported the email to ebay at the following address spoof@ebay.com.au

i feel bad for other youngsters with credit cards on file, who replyed to that email by sending user name and password.

such is life on the net

2004-08-01, 13:46
anyway, ebay has responded with the following :


Thank you for writing to eBay regarding the email you received.

Emails such as this, commonly referred to as "spoof" or "phished"
messages, are sent in an attempt to collect sensitive personal or
financial information from the recipients.

The email you reported was not sent by eBay. We have reported this
to the appropriate authorities.

In the future, be very cautious of any email that asks you to submit
information such as your credit card number or your email password.
eBaywill never ask you for sensitive personal information such as
passwords, bank account or credit card numbers, Personal Identification
Numbers (PINs), or Social Security Numbers in an email. If you ever
to provide sensitive information to us, please open a new Web browser,
type www.ebay.com into your browser address field, and click on the
"site map" link located at the top the page to access the eBay page you

If you have any doubt about whether an email message is from eBay,
please forward it immediately to spoof@ebay.com. Do not respond to it
click any of the links. Do not remove the original subject line or
change the email in any way when you forward it to us.

If you have already entered sensitive financial information or your
password into a Web site based on a request from a spoofed email, you
should take immediate action to protect your identity and all of your
online accounts. We have developed an eBay Help page with valuable
information regarding the steps you should take to protect yourself.


To review eBay's new tutorial about Spoof Emails, please see the
following Web page:


Once again, thank you for alerting us to the spoof email you received.
Your efforts help us ensure that eBay remains a safe and vibrant online


eBay SafeHarbor
Investigations Team

2004-08-01, 21:49
"eBay SafeHarbor"
what the hell is that?

Good you didn't fall for the scam. You could check the email headers and see whether the email was really from ebay.co.uk. I wonder what the headers say on the email you received.

2004-08-08, 13:54
Tims obsessiveness has really been shown to me now
i knew it was there
thats his problem
number one and only

2004-08-09, 13:07
one and only

ur so wrong.

2004-08-10, 00:11
well it is at least on of main ones yep?
and do not be so nasty as to simply say "ur wrong"
explain so i do not have to work everything out as i usually have to :p