Recently there have been many reports of fraud activity regarding stolen account information and stolen identities. The only real way to avoid these emails is to never click on a link from them, and to make sure a copy of the email is in my messages when you sign into Ebay. Here is some information that may help you to avoid being stung.
Some common phrases used in fake emails include:
- Dear Ebay or Paypal Member.
- Your Ebay account has been disabled due to unpaid seller account. Please click here to pay your account now.
- Offer you a job with Ebay.
- This requires a full update on your records.
- You will be prompted to provide full and complete information regarding your account
- Failure to update your online records will result in a halt of your account.
- Follow this link to update your billing records.
- Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay. Learn more.
- Survey from Ebay
- Etc etc…..
- I bought an item off you and have not received it yet!!! (this one can get you in.. I was worried, for a split second, that I had forgotten to post an item)
- A bid retraction on an item that does not exist!!!
Spam emails are not always just about Ebay. You might get them about your bank asking for banking details.
Once they have your user name and password, they can assume your eBay identity and post fake listings under your ID to get other eBayers to buy items that don’t exist! They will ruin your reputation within a week or two by appearing to be legitimate. This is a real risk for every Ebay member!!! Be warned. it might not stop there either. They can even steal your identity to commit other more serious crimes in your name.