Want It Now - Huge Scam - Take Care
Hi, yesterday for the first time I used the "Want It Now" feature of eBay to look for a particular product ("Model B Computing" cassette tapes that came with the magazine of the same name in the 1980s if you have any to sell?!? ;-) )
Just now, I was "asked" the following "question" about my post -
"Hi there, Sorry because i disturb you but i have for sale what you want to buy. See here: (link given) if you like it because we have a deal soon! Regards"
(I could not include the link as these guides don't allow anything non-eBay. However the link started with an IP address and included an eBay item number at the end.)
At first I was wary as I searched eBay completely for the tapes this afternoon and also if people have what you want to buy they usually "respond" by posting the item through eBay which officially displays it at the bottom of the page through the site - not "ask a question" in this way; I saw that in the link itself there was an eBay item number so instead of using the link itself I just typed the item number into the eBay search bar and it came up with an old, unrelated item (BMX bike) that had ended 4 months ago.
In case I had got it wrong and the number had not related to that eBay item (I do really want these tapes!!!), I did paste the link into my address bar - this immediately brought up an eBay page for me to "Sign In". Being already signed in I knew this was wrong but my suspicions of the whole thing were confirmed when I saw the page was not secure.
Sign In pages MUST start with https:// as opposed to http:// (the added "s" stands for "secure") and then directly after the 2 forward slashes it MUST say "signin.ebay" in the address bar - ANYTHING else is likely to be a scam. Additionally, there MUST be a symbol of a closed padlock somewhere on the page depending on which browser version you are using (I use Internet Explorer 7 and the padlock is directly to the right of the browser (address bar), next to and on the left of the "Refresh" symbol. Internet Explorer 6 used to put the padlock near the bottom of the page in the task bar - if in any doubt, refer to Google or your browser's help pages or look at a genuine sign in page to see where your padlock will be if you are on a secure page.)
There are no doubt going to be countless people clicking on such links and being taken to a fake sign-in page where they will enter their eBay User ID and password expecting to find the item for which they are looking being sold - such fake pages are set up by scammers to defraud people - they look like real eBay pages but are not, they are fraudulent copies and then when someone enters their details the scammers get their username and password and can access their accounts to buy and sell maliciously (also known as "account hijacking"). This is usually done via emails known as "spoofs" (an official-looking eBay email that includes a link for you to sign in for pretend purposes) and now I see they are doing the same thing with the Want It Now page. The scammers will also be able to access personal information by going to your account page of your "My Ebay" and possibly be able to access Paypal accounts (and potentially even more, such as your emails) if you use the same password for each such account you have.
Please, if you post to Want It Now, be wary of this - never, ever sign in to such a page and if someone does have what you want to buy, let them tell you in the traditional way (already having listed the product on eBay and then it showing at the base of your Want It Now page rather than asking questions with links.)
If you have already entered your details to such a link or suspect that you may have done, go to your Account Settings page in your My Ebay and change your password IMMEDIATELY. Any suspicious emails that appear to be from eBay or Paypal (owned by eBay) can be sent to eBay to look into, please go here for further information.