Ebay & PayPal SPOOF (fake) emails are on the rise in a different guise! They are after your precious account and credit card details so dont let them fool you! Heres my little guide on how I spot them easily.....
WHAT IS THE FUCTION OF A SPOOF EMAIL?
A spoof email is sent to ebay/paypal users from hackers and/or spam engines who try and get hold of your account details to buy items with them and smash your bank balances/credit cards. This has a direct effect to the victim, but also has a financial effect to the sellers whos items have been bid on and sent to the fraudlent users, only to have their paypal transactions cancelled!
WHY DO WE NEED TO ALERT EVERYONE?
The spammers are getting exceedingly good at making their emails look like genuine ones. The biggest problem is under-experienced users who are easily lured into clicking the fake link and filling in important details. Not only are they shooting themselves in the foot but as a result of the un-lawful bidding using the attacked account, hundreds of sellers are getting frustraited with cancelled paypal transactions! I myself have lost a few pennies through fraudlent bids! It is usually the novice users who are causing the spread in fraudlent bidding..... so if you have just joined ebay READ ON!
HOW TO SPOT THEM
The emails take the guise of a genuine email you would get from ebay, with subtle differences. These could be in the form of unpaid item disputes or more recently questions from another member. There are many ways people will tell you how spot them, but the SIMPLEST way is to hover your mouse over the (usually urgent) link they want you to press, and see what shortcut shows up at the bottom of your window. If the address does not begin with cgi.ebay.co.uk or another common ebay domain address, then I would ignore it, delete it or send it off to the spoof email department.
If the link doesn't show (i.e. it is encrypted or has been made to say cgi.ebay), then right click the offending link and view its PROPERTIES, and see what the address (URL) is. Thats all you need to look for coupled with the common sense of not to click the first link they tell you to click on, and just remember.... NEVER FILL IN YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS OFF EMAIL LINKS!! Keep in mind Ebay and Paypal never send emails with direct links to the sign in page. So if you ever get taken to one I would think twice and log in through the website itself.
Be safe ebayers, don't let them make you cancel your credit cards! (like they have done with me once in the past)!
NIGERIA....... A SELLERS WARNING
If you are selling an expensive electrical good, such as a laptop or a phone, it is likely you will be targetted by a scammer who lies their way through the transaction then doesn't pay. If you get an email asking to send one of your items to Nigeria with a whole load of bull about them being in the army or something..... DON'T BELIEVE IT. RELIST YOUR ITEM IMMEDIATELY AND REPORT THE USER TO EBAY!!!! It is almost always a con! Usually only targetting expensive electrical goods. (no offense to any genuine people from Nigeria).
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