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Ebay Fraud email

Discussion in 'FEEDBACK: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!' started by Hateman, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Hateman

    Hateman Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2000
    Below is a copy of a FAKE ebay letter sent to me twice in the last week. The threat is fake, my account is still active fours day after the original deadline. I've heard of some people taken by this stunt, so I'm posting it here to let everyone that some scammers are working hard this time of year.

    eBay Safeharbor Department Notice

    Fraud Alert ID : 00626654

    Dear eBay member,

    You have received this email because you or someone else had used your identity to make false purchases on eBay. For security reasons, we are required to open an investigation on this matter. We treat online fraud seriously and all cases which cannot be resolved between eBay and the other involved party are forwarded for further investigations to the proper authorities. To speed up this process, you are required to verify your personal information against the eBay account registration data we have on file by following the link below.

    Please save this fraud alert id for your reference.

    When submitting sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line. When our registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL.

    Please Note - If your account informations are not updated within the next 72 hours, we will assume this account is fraudulent and it will be suspended. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the purpose of this verification is to ensure that your eBay account has not been fraudulently used and to combat fraud.

    We apreciate your support and understading, as we work together to keep eBay a safe place to trade.

    Thank you for your patience in this matter.

    Regards, Safeharbor Department (Trust and Safety Department)
    eBay Inc.

    Please do not reply to this e-mail as this is only a notification mail sent to this address and can not be replied to.

    Copyright 2004 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved.
    Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
    eBay and the eBay logo are trademarks of eBay Inc. which is located on Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
  2. u812

    u812 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2002
    I get one of those about once a month.I just delete it.
  3. Doug Selsor

    Doug Selsor

    Mar 5, 2001
    On a related note, I've been getting a similar email claiming to be from Citibank, once a week or so, for the past month. Similar scam -- your account may have been compromised, go to this site, login, and update your account information. Obvious fake, what with the poor grammer and URL that includes an IP address rather than a domain name. If that wasn't enough, I don't even have an account with Citibank. Never have, either.

  4. bill_G


    Jun 7, 2004
    anybody that is sending you email about ANY account will always use your real name because they already know it

    however, even if it has your real acc't name, always log in from IE explorer or netscape directly.

    Never log in from the link in the email
  5. bill_G


    Jun 7, 2004
    Dear Hateman

    there has been a slew of counterfeit knives floating around BladeForums.

    In order to verify that you have not been victimized, please send all your knives to my PO Box.............. :D

    safeharbor knife knut security department..... :D :D :D
  6. Hateman

    Hateman Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2000
    Thanks for the laugh.
  7. faramir


    Oct 30, 2004
    Ditto. Plus SunTrust and Paypal fakes too. I don't have a Citi-, Paypal or SunTrust account at all.
  8. gzb


    Jan 24, 2003
    The following is a totally bogus Paypal email according to [email protected], the investigative arm of Paypal. As was stated above, all correspondence should be addressed specifically to the account holder by first and last name in the salutation.
    The fraudulent email came with all the appropriate official looking Logos/Hotlinks...

    Dear valued PayPal® member:

    PayPal® is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its community of
    buyers and sellers. To protect the security of your account, PayPal employs
    some of the most advanced security systems in the world and our anti-fraud
    teams regularly screen the PayPal system for unusual activity.

    Recently, our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your
    account. In accordance with PayPal's User Agreement and to ensure that your
    account has not been compromised, access to your account was limited. Your
    account access will remain limited until this issue has been resolved. This
    is a fraud prevention measure meant to ensure that your account is not

    In order to secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may
    require some specific information from you for the following reason:

    We would like to ensure that your account was not accessed by an
    unauthorized third party. Because protecting the security of your account
    is our primary concern, we have limited access to sensitive PayPal account
    features. We understand that this may be an inconvenience but please
    understand that this temporary limitation is for your protection.

    Case ID Number: PP-040-187-541

    We encourage you to log in and restore full access as soon as possible.
    Should access to your account remain limited for an extended period of
    time, it may result in further limitations on the use of your account.

    However, failure to restore your records will result in account suspension.
    Please update your records on or before October 15, 2004.

    Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal session will not be
    interrupted and will continue as normal.

    To update your Paypal records click on the following link:

    Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that
    this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your account. We
    apologize for any inconvenience.

    PayPal® Account Review Department

    PayPal Email ID PP522

    Accounts Management As outlined in our User Agreement, PayPal will
    periodically send you information about site changes and enhancements.

    Visit our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have any questions.
  9. Triton

    Triton Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2000
    Just to chime in there are similar fakes floating about from Earthlink
  10. Nick7


    Jul 24, 2000
    gzb...thanks for the heads up.......but please remove the link or someone might click, get distracted and put in their password. :eek:
  11. gzb


    Jan 24, 2003
    OK, for those who might have ADD and forget that this thread is about Fraud, protection is in place now...the Links have been foobarred (won't work)... :rolleyes:

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