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eBay safetyPosted Friday, August 17, 2007, at 12:36 PM
One of our computer operators "on the job".
You might get e-mails that sure look lke the real thing but if ANY alarm bells go off, check it through the website NOT by clicking a connecting link and certainly not by logging in to your account through the e-mail.
Go to eBay independent of the e-mail.
I bring this up because I received a particularly good and official looking e-mail today from Pacific_Real_Estate asking me if had decided yet. Decided what? Well the e-mail looks very much like a standard e-mail coming through eBay and it says that I have a bid on something with this company. Hmmmm, my wife is really going to get upset about me buying real estate in earthquake country.
My first reaction was to write back and say HOLD IT, I did not bid on anything. I did not click on the link, but I am sure it would go to a very official looking page that looks like the standard eBay sign-in page and wa-la, (is that a word) they have my account name and password!
My second thought was to check out the feedback rating (for those new to eBay that gives you a way to see how easy or reputable this member is) Why, they had been a member since 1999 and had a rating of 100% with feedback numbering 12,103! Fantastic!! Except they are not real.
I logged in to eBay, went to Community and checked for this member. How do you make a "Bronx cheer" sound in writing? They do not exist.
OK, now don't just delete it and say whew! Forward it to eBay at email@example.com so they can get to work zapping the source. A never ending job but……. They will respond to you quickly and let you know that they received your e-mail and some tips for avoiding other tricks. After they have had time to check it out, they will let you know for sure if it is false or not. In our experience, they have always been the bad guys.
Have fun with eBay, but remember it is still the big bad world out there and while 99.+% are good folks, they are mixed with a few bad.
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