May 22, 2005

Looking for Intelligent Life in the World of Internet Scam

If you have an email address, you have probably gotten some phishing scam sent to you. Usually, they look pretty authentic and I imagine that there are a number of people that are pulled by the scam. But recently it seems that the quality of the flim-flammers is dropping.

Yesterday, I got an email from Ebay Security Center warning me that my account with Ebay had some suspicious activity on it.

Dear eBay Member,
We recently noticed one or more attempts to log in to your eBay account from a foreign IP address and we have reasons to believe that your account was used by a third party without your authorization. If you recently accessed your account while traveling, the unusual login attempts may have been initiated by you
The login attempt was made from:
IP address:
ISP Host:

By now, we used many techniques to verify the accuracy of the information our users provide us when they register on the Site. However, because user verification on the Internet is difficult, eBay cannot and does not confirm each user's purported identity. Thus, we have established an offline verification system o help you evaluate with who you are dealing with. below:

If your account information is not updated within 48 hours then your ability to sell or bid on eBay will become restricted.

Thank you

The eBay Billing Deptartment .

Besides the fact that I've never opened an account with eBay, the email had some obvious typos and grammatical errors which certainly should tell recipients that it wasn't quite kosher. But then I noticed the header information:

Subject: Your Account with eBay!

That's right! It wasn't even addressed to me! One wonders what the crook was thinking to believe that cc'ing a numbers Marys with accounts at would work.

Posted by Mary at May 22, 2005 03:02 PM | Internet | Technorati links |

Until about a month ago I never bought anything on e-bay, and I got occasional phishing tries but not many. As soon as I used eBay once, I was innundated with all sorts of what look like phishing scams, including the one you have shown here. Seems to me they have interior leaks of some sort that actually target eBay users.


Posted by: Scorpio at May 23, 2005 01:28 PM