The Lookout: Phishing for eBay Users

E-mail scams known as phishers continue to evolve. According to antispam company MailFrontier, a new bogus e-mail that appears to be from eBay indicates that the site has suspended your account because it suspects the account has been hijacked by a foreign IP address. As with previous scams, you are asked to click on a link to a form to confirm your identity. What’s different about this scam is that the link doesn’t take you to a fake site that looks like eBay; rather, it takes you to a redirection page that uses JavaScript to spawn a pop-up form and then redirects you to the legitimate eBay site. What you see is the fraudulent form on top of a real eBay page.

Be suspicious of any e-mail message that asks for your personal information. Don’t ever follow a link in an e-mail that asks you to enter or edit sensitive information. Close the message and either log on to your account directly or call the company.


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