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Old 03-02-06, 09:10 PM
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Just a warning...

I know that many of you out there already know this, but watch out for items on ebay that may seem too good to be true. I just had my ebay account hijacked, and spent the last three hours fixing it, changing all my passwords and what not. The hijacker was selling over 300 items from my account, with probably half of those were top of the line bikes, the others were high-end electronics and other things. The listings were fake, the seller was only accepting escrow (huge red flag). So this is just to let everyone out there know how to look out for this type of fraud. Thankfully I got all the listings canceled before anyone won the bids. Just use your head and if it seems too good to be true it probably is.
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Old 03-02-06, 09:28 PM
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I had my hijacked, with over 300 100% posistive feedbacks... well they scammed about 10 people before they shut the account down... and I lost all my feedbacks
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Any idea how they got your login information used to hijack the account?
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Originally Posted by blandin
Any idea how they got your login information used to hijack the account?

Please don't tell us you fell for one of those emails...we'd rather not know.
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Hey man, don't knock victims of AOL-type phishing attacks

It happened to me when I was 12.
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I did not fall for the fake emails, but I have no clue how they got my login information.
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I had the same thing happen last week. Luckly I caught it with in hours of the take over. Changed passwords, ebay canceled the scamers auctions and no damage done. I consider myself pretty computer savy and I fell for the fake ebay change of email address email. The weird thing is all I did was open the email, I didn't log in to any accounts from the email or anything.
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As big as EBay is, you would think they could make it more secure. I didn't know they could change the number of positive feedbacks. The idea of positive feedbacks is to give the buyer a warm fuzzy.
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It seems like you need keep your spyware software updated almost hourly.....
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I actually got "almost" caught by one of these... I use ebay quite a bit... have 370+ 100% feedback... I was completing a deal with a guy in Australia... was expecting him to make payment soon and he was using ebay's "contact seller" feature to send me emails so it was always an email from ebay with his message, and I'd use ebay's button to open their site and respond to his question...

well, it just so happened about an hour after he made payment, I received an email "from ebay" that said "hey, just made payment via paypal, please let me know when you'll be able to ship it out.", so I used the button in the email to go to ebay's site and respond... entered username/password, etc... but it crashed... and that's when I realized what happened.

It was the perfect storm... I would have never fell for it if I hadn't been waiting on an email from him, if the email didn't say anything about a paypal payment, or if he hadn't been using ebay's site to send me emails... then I would have looked more closely at the email and noticed it was fake. looking back at it now, the only difference between that fake email and the real one is the fake one didn't have his username in it.

I thought I'd seen pretty much every paypal/ebay scam email in existence... but that was a new one and it caught me. However, I had my ebay account password changed wtihin 5 minutes from another PC while virusscan and spyware scans were running on my pc.

I make my living using PC's and have been into them for the last 10 years, but there are still new tricks out there that haven't been tried yet so keep your eyes peeled.

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As a note to those who may not understand the reference to fake emails, I get emails that look exactly like the emails you get from Ebay when someone wants to contact the seller. Their purpose, of course, is to get you to log in so that they can steal the account password. I get about 3 or 4 per day. You need to watch them carefully.

I've been lucky never to have my information hijacked but I did have a hacker on one of my web sites, once. He got away with some customer credit card info. We no longer even capture credit card info so hackers now have nothing to steal. What a struggle that was!
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Originally Posted by fmw
As a note to those who may not understand the reference to fake emails, I get emails that look exactly like the emails you get from Ebay when someone wants to contact the seller. Their purpose, of course, is to get you to log in so that they can steal the account password.
This is commonly known as "phishing", but the one described by DamnRock is quite clever I must say! Also phishing I guess.

Best is to always log in from a fresh newly opened browser.
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I have neither an eBay account or a Paypal account but I get e-mails every once in a while telling me my account has been hijacked.

BTW, I got a nice e-mail from this lawyer who's going to send me 280,000 dollars and deposit it directly into my account. Isn't that cool!
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The thing that I was getting were notes as mentioned before through the "contract seller" connection but it would be someone threatening me because I supposedly bought something and they shipped it but had not rec'd payment. In order to reply, it asked for login/password so I forwarded the whole thing to ebay to hopefully bust them. I have rec'd at least 3 of these e-mails and almost fell for the first one because I was not wanting anyone to give me a bad feedback... it did sink in though before I actually logged on.

Amazing what people will do...

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