Monday, 30 January 2006

Beware the phishers and don’t get caught by this scam

Recognise this spoof email?
Dear valued eBay member, It has come to our attention that your eBay billing updates are out of order. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your billing records you will not run into any future problems with the online service. Once you have updated your account records your eBay session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Failure to update will result in cancellation of service, Terms of Service (TOS) violations or future billing problems. To update your eBay records click here:
Whatever you do, don't ever respond to this kind of hoax. Scammers are trying to steal your identity and clear your bank account. It's called “phishing” in the business and anyone with an e-mail address who has bought or sold on eBay (or used PayPal) is a target.
Ignore the email and any threats it may contain about suspension of account.

Reputable companies such as eBay and PayPal never ask customers for their account or credit card details, username or password in any communications.

And get a firewall and a virus checker on your computer.

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