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eBay Member Message Phishing Scam

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Date: 03 October 2007
Received from "Customers Support" <>
Subject: Message eBay Members.

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Question about Item -- Respond Now eBay
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 Question from (118852 Feedback score is 5,000 to 9,999) Member is a PowerSeller About Me
Item: (5879770966)
This message was sent while the listing was active.

Hey,I think that we have a problem here,because the item that I bought from you it camed to my door in a really bad condition,and i had payed for it,what should we do now? i can send you some pictures to see,please respond now as soon as you get this message so we can sort this mess up,because the delivery service that you used sayed that that is not theyr fault.Thanks in advance.

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Item Details
Item number: 5879770966
End date: 05 - OCT - 07 18:56:12 BST
View item description:
Thank you for using eBay
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Copyright © 2006 eBay, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
eBay and the eBay logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of eBay,Inc.

We guess this scammer wanted to brag with his "power seller" status. Never reply to any eBay member messages if you can't recall doing business with the person. If you really did business with this person, you will also be able to verify the details in the message by typing into your browser and logging in from there.

"Is this email inappropriate? Does it breach reporting it."

The scammers really screwed up here. eBay will never send e-mails with confusing phrases like this one.

"Copyright © 2006 eBay, Inc."

eBay sending an e-mail in 2007, with a 2006 copyright notice? We don't think so.

Finally, every link in the e-mail pointed to the phishing link. It is obvious that each link in the e-mail should point to a different page, so it is impossible for all the links to point to the same URL.

Remember, most scammers make silly mistakes. If you read these e-mails carefully, you will be able to spot these inconsistencies, thus protecting yourself from identity theft and financial loss.

For another example, similar to this one, refer to the eBay Member Question Phishing Scam.

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