There is a certain trash of people who love to scam others for their money. Usually mimicking trusted large companies or celebrities.
Ebay is no exception of these scam senders. Here is an email I have recently gotten from one of these trash people and it’s very convincing.
As you will see the person is asking me ” Have you received the payment for the above item”.
(I haven’t sold anything, so what’s the payment for to start with?)
The reason this one works so well and why it’s so cloaked, because it demands an automatic reflex from the recipient and that is to click a link above of the several the sender has included.
I had not clicked any of the links, but holding my mouse over the link I’ve looked at the address where it will take me if I would click on it. Also, the link is a .php script which can plant any kinds of nasty stuff on my computer without my knowledge if I was to click on it.
Everything in the Email looks as if it came from an Ebay seller, but if you look at the blue links some of them are supposed to be pictures, but because the way the sender copied them, they have came over as links instead of a picture.
Anyway, here is the entire text of the email. Also notice the To: field (undisclosed recipients:)
From: eBay [mailto:eBay@eBoy.co.uk]
Sent: 02 September 2012 17:16
Subject: Message from eBay member , sigutech
eBay<http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/logos/ebay_95x39.gif> eBay sent this message from (sigutech).
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay. Learn more <http://meteorombas.fr/siginnnowoneby.php> .
<http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/globalAssets/ltCurve.gif> Message from eBay member , sigutech <http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/globalAssets/rtCurve.gif>
<http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/icon/iconAlert_32x32.gif> Do not respond to the sender if this message requests that you complete the transaction outside of eBay. This type of offer is against eBay policy, may be fraudulent, and is not covered by buyer protection programs. Learn More <http://meteorombas.fr/siginnnowoneby.php> .
Have you received the payment for the above item? Please confirm, as it was sent yestarday and I have no news from you. Thank you.
Thank you. Did this answer your question? If not, let the seller know.
http;//cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ViewItem&item=270745075725 <http://meteorombas.fr/siginnnowoneby.php>
Item Id: 270745075725 <http://meteorombas.fr/siginnnowoneby.php>
End time: September 12 2012 09:38:06 PDT
sigutech <http://meteorombas.fr/siginnnowoneby.php> <http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/s.gif> ( 381 <http://meteorombas.fr/siginnnowoneby.php> Feedback score is 100 to 499<http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/uk/icon/iconTealStar_25x25.gif> )
Member: since 26-AUGUST-06
Location: United Kingdom
Listing Status: This message was sent while the listing was active.
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