Ebay confirmation form scam

Ebay scam - Confirmation Form Emails

Beware of the eBay confirmation form scammers! There are lots of eBay email scams; where conmen try and gain access to your eBay accounts for nefarious purposes, but this one may have actually caused a few people to fill the form in - if the muppets hadn’t buggered-up link to the form! I thought that the link may have been hiding a piece of spyware, but couldn’t find anything in my cookies after clicking the link and no viruses were found, so I can only think they have simply made a mess of putting the link in!

Why Mention it then? Sooner or later they will realise that they have messed up, fix the form and send their scam email out again and some people will fill out the eBay confirmation form and give their information to these conning scammers.

Why Scam eBay Details?

Apart from the obvious reason, that they can gain access to your eBay account, which could cause you a lot of grief in itself, if they just wanted to mess about with bids, but it goes deeper than that. If you fill in the eBay confirmation form, these scammers can buy goods using stolen credit cards and change the delivery address to your eBay account.

Paypal Access

It’s often the case that people use the same username and password on eBay and on paypal, so gaining access to your eBay account can also give the conmen access to your paypal account and the funds therein!

How to spot an eBay scam email

  • The scam email will be often sent to an email address that you do not use for your eBay account.
  • It usually will say “Dear eBay User” rather than use your name or your username, as eBay would use.
  • The link will often go to a different URL than the one that appears on the email.

On top of that, remember that eBay will never send out emails asking you to fill in forms, with a link directly to a form. If they need to complete anything, they will ask you to log-in to your account and they will have sent you a message within the eBay system.

Here is the eBay confirmation form email that I received today:

eBay

eBay sent this message to reports @ kenkai.com
Your registered e-mail is included to show this message originated from eBay.

 

eBay confirmation form

 

Dear eBay user,
We would like to inform you that we have released a new version of eBay Confirmation form. This form is required to be completed by all eBay users.Please follow these steps:
1.Open the form at http ://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?cfom=6854240919262461011499453148651112029191614926724924385209414265
2.Follow given instructions.
Thank you,
eBay
 
This eBay notice was sent to reports @ kenkai.comfrom eBay. Your account is registered on ebay.com As outlined in our User Agreement, eBay will send you required notifications about the site and your transactions. If you would like to receive this email in text format, change your notification preferences.See our Privacy Policy and User Agreement if you have questions about eBay’s communication policies.
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Never fill in a form directly from an email - no matter how realistic it seems. Always check and double check - phone if necessary. Filling an eBay confirmation form, or any other scam email, could end up costing you money and involving you in a fraud case - devoutly not to be wished, as my mum used to say!

Update 13th August: The ebay phishing email is doing the rounds again - don’t let these spam bastards steal your ebay account details!

5 Responses to “Ebay confirmation form scam”

simon ma Says:

Why does Ebay not send this article to warn all their members about this scam and rely on their member to ‘google’ this out?

Unfrtunately there are so many scams, eBay can’t keep up with them! BM

DanTheMan Says:

Thanks for this. I had no less than 10 emails asking me to complete the ebay confirmation form, all with different subject lines. It seems that these eBay scammers are really going for it. I wonder how many people have filled the confirmation form in? Thanks again for the warning. xx
Thanks for the comment Dan…. and for the kisses!!!! BM

Jojo Says:

The confirmation form I received had a link that worked, so it seems these scammers have fixed their error!

ecommerce design Says:

Quickdesign, well-known spambastards, provide ecommerce websites, but are we trustworthy and will our sites get you where you want to be on the seach engines? Nah, we just want your money! :) A rare an unusual method of blog spamming - denegrating your abilities and you trustworthiness to see if people will be tempted to follow a link. It’s so clever, I’m almost tempted to give you a link. Almost… BM

inge Says:

i have received an email massege saying i have bought a car model corsa utility 2009 amount R17000 from your ebay seller and i must put the money in western union money transfer agents and tranfer as personal to the seller and i will received car in 3 days so i want to confirm if the massege is true before i commit the amount wiith the seller . my name is thabo mohlou. Did you bid for this car? If you didn’t, it’s a scam

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