Ebayers Beware - Account theft

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Dear all ebayers, I would like to warn you against account theft. Some people may try to trick you into giving them your details, without you realising that they are a thert to your account and your personnal information. A very common trick is that people may send you an email, in the proper ebay email format, posing as another ebayer asking you a question. When you respond by clicking the yellow 'respond now' button it will take you to an identical ebay sign in page. Instinctively, you type in your account name and password and try to sign in. The first time you do this you will find that you do not sign in and the same page appears to reload. The second time you try to sign in, you will be successful. In your eyes everything seems to be perfectly normal, but is it? If you look at the address bar when you are taken to the ebay sign in page, you will notice that it is totally unrealated to ebay... e.g. www.iamascammertryingtogetyourdetails.com. This is in actual fact another site, the page identical to the ebay sign in page. The con artist is posing as ebay so when you type in your details and attempt to sign in, your account username and password are sent to his email. After this it then redirects you to the correct ebay sign in page. Therefore, the second time you attempt to sign in you are going to be successful. The con artist who now has your account information can easily hijack your account by signing in and changing the password. This can cause a considerable amount of inconvenience, meaning you have to go through a time consuming process to regain control of your account. By which time some personnal information may have been open for the con artist to make use of. Con artists can also pose as other organsiations aswell as ebay. If they gained access to your paypal account for example, you could find yourself in a far greater trouble. So how do you avoid this. Well, there are a few basic precautions which you should take. Firstly the email itself. If you click reply it will show the email address to who you are replying. If for exampe the email is asking for you to perhaps conifrm some personal information, perhaps paypal, if you click respond and find that the email address is not infact @paypal, but infact something such as an @yahoo email address it generally would suggest that this is the making of a con artist. This is not always the case but sometimes can be a sign of a con artist. If it is asking for a response or confirmation/providing of account information then generally you will have to click a link which will take you to a web page. Have a look at the address bar. If the website is unrealated to what you are being asked to do then this could be another sign that you are being conned into giving up account information. If you are being asked to provide information which is suspisious, e.g. once i was asked to provide my pin number when someone posed as paypal. This obviously is not secure and you should stop immediately what you are doing. If you are just not sure whether or not something is genuine or the making of a con artist, contact the company and ask for support to find out whether what you are being asked to do is proper. I hope you may find this information useful, Jeff
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