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.
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 sent this message to reports @ kenkai.com
eBay confirmation form
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!