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Phil Hill
I love my cootie bug

Posts: 7595
From: Hollywood, CA USA
Registered: Mar 2000

 - posted 04-07-2005 07:37 PM      Profile for Phil Hill   Email Phil Hill       Edit/Delete Post 
Just got the below email msg and was suspicious. While it is a legit auction, I didn't bid on that item. I forwarded it to spoof at eBay and sure enuf it's ANOTHER low life POS trying to get my account info...if you click on the link it wants your ID and password... ASSHOLES!

(Where did I put my .357?)

----- Original Message -----
From: Phil Hill
Cc: Phil of the Future
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: TKO NOTICE: *** Your eBay Bid was Cancelled ***

Is this a fake? I NEVER have even seen this auction before!

----- Original Message -----
To: eBay Member
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 3:26 PM
Subject: TKO NOTICE: *** Your eBay Bid was Cancelled ***

Dear eBay Community Member,

The bid that you entered for the item ( 5569407583 ) has been cancelled.
You can view the reason provided for the cancellation by selecting the link bellow.



This eBay notice was sent to you based on your eBay account preferences. To unsubscribe from this eBay notice, click here .

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Randy Stankey
Film God

Posts: 6425
From: Erie, Pennsylvania
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 04-07-2005 09:53 PM      Profile for Randy Stankey   Email Randy Stankey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I rarely ever use ebay. I had an account with them a long, long time ago but I'm sure it's defunct now. I should never get e-mail from them... ESPECIALLY not any e-mail that deals with account information or credit card numbers. I have NEVER given a credit card number to ebay. Therefore, any e-mail I get that appears to be from ebay, asking for a credit card number or to "update" account information is automatically false.

Hack your Bayesian filter file so that the word "ebay" (and variations, thereof) = 100 points or write a filter that says, "IF <Any Part of Message> contains "ebay" (etc.) THEN <This Message> = JUNK.

Then set your e-mail client so that messages from senders who are in your address book are never junked. Optionally, you can set your e-mail client to play a sound whenever a message gets trashed or when a filter rule gets triggered.

If you rarely do business on ebay, your problems with fake e-mails will suddenly evaporate. If you do business with ebay on a regular basis this might not work so well unless you put a "safe" e-mail address from ebay into your address book.

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Jon Miller
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 973
From: San Diego, CA, USA
Registered: Sep 1999

 - posted 04-07-2005 10:39 PM      Profile for Jon Miller   Email Jon Miller   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've found that virtually all of the eBay-related crap I receive is never addressed to the address I use almost exclusively for eBay business. That pattern alone is a dead giveaway of the fraudulent nature of the messages.

Keep in mind that real eBay messages, including account-related, auction-related and marketing messages, will include only the e-mail address you registered with eBay in the "To" line of the message header...not a generic substitute like "Valued eBay Member" or fluff like that. That kind of "personalization" may be kind of hard for a fraudster to duplicate.

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