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Hey guys, has anyone canceled their ebay account (PayPal too for that matter) due to worry over fraud and hacking? I keep seeing stories and picking up threads on various boards that would indicate ebay fraud and hacked accounts (stolen credit card numbers all the way through full blown identity theft) is on the rise.

I'm really considering dumping both ebay and PayPal. I'm not sure I use either service often enough to warrant the potential risk.

Thoughts?
 

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Well Chain if it makes you feel any better, the company my gf works at runs a major ebay buisness, and it got hacked and taken over earlier this week.

Reason: password was 5 characters and found in a dictionary.
 

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Been on ebay since 97 and Paypal since about 2000. Never had a problem like that. Just be aware anytime you receive what you believe to be an email from Paypal or Ebay. If it is addressed to "Paypal User" or "Ebay User" rather than "Bob Smith" or whatever your name is, just assume it is a fake email and delete it. Whatever you do, do not click on any of the links in the email.
 

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I have been getting agravated latley because i have been getting those spoof emails for ebay and paypal. The email states that your account is partialy frozen because they found 1 or more unsucessful logins from various IP addresses. And they listed them and said they were from ploand. So when you click on the paypal or ebay site it takes you to the login screen that looks just like the original. But i noticed that my user name wasnt already in the box as its always. Then i just happened to look at the site address and noticed it wasnt ebay or paypal. I contacted ebay about this and they said when you are logining in, always make sure the address has signin.ebay.com or something like that. So now i know what to look for but its scary to know the someone is tring to attempt to get my info.

any one know where to sent the spoof emails too for paypal. I couldnt find it on their site. I am goon sent them to the ebays adress then.
 

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Easy solution: NEVER, EVER, click any PayPal or eBay link you get in an e-mail.

If you think the e-mail is legit and you need to update something on your account, open your browser yourself and go to the site by typing the link or using your bookmark. If anything needs to be updated, you should be notified once you log in.
 

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ConqSoft said:
Easy solution: NEVER, EVER, click any PayPal or eBay link you get in an e-mail.

If you think the e-mail is legit and you need to update something on your account, open your browser yourself and go to the site by typing the link or using your bookmark. If anything needs to be updated, you should be notified once you log in.
See i am selling a car on ebay and when i get offers or questions i have to click on the respond to question or bid... Its not even the point of not clicking on them. It just sucks to know that i am being targeted and i have recieved 3 of these emails in the last 2 weeks. So thats kind of aggravating just to know that my email is in the wrong hands. The adversiments and stupid email crap was a pain, now i have to get this crap too.
 

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Uh-Oh. I just got the following e-mail. I better get this taken care of right away.

The link in the e-mail actually goes to http://mail.pooding.com/src/resolution_center/index.php, but that's okay, it looks like a PayPal login screen and that's all that matters.


We recently reviewed your account, and suspect that your PayPal account may
have been accessed by an unauthorized third party. Protecting the security
of your account and of the PayPal network is our primary concern.
Therefore, as a prevention measure, we have temporarely limited access to
sensitive PayPal account features.
Please click on the link below to confirm your information:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run

For more information about how to protect your account, please visit
PayPal's Security Center, accessible via the "Security Center" link located
at the bottom of each page of the PayPal website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your
assistance in helping us maintain the integrity of the entire PayPal
system. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.



Sincerely,

The PayPal Fraud Management Team


http://www.paypal.com/images/dot_row_long.gifPlease do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered. For assistance, log in to your PayPal account and choose the "Help" link in the header of any page.
Copyright © 2005 PayPal, Inc. All rights reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
 

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nhfirefighter13 said:
Wrong. Forward it to [email protected]

You want to get rid of them instead of ignoring them.
Yeah, you can spent your life forwarding these emails. I did for a few years but it did not stop them. I find it much easier and less waste of my time to just delete them.

If you suspect the email is bogus, delete it and log in to your ebay or paypal account through their web site. A big clue as to the legitimacy of the email is if it is addressed to you by your name (Ebay knows your name) or just to "Ebay User".
 

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Haven't even considered it, at least not for that reason. That PayPal is a necessary evil to be handled with thick, lead-shielded gloves is another story.

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But, if you pay attention to the URLs in the e-mails, you can use them.
You were right with the "NEVER, EVER" part, but paying attention is not good enough because of the possible/probable use of certain non-English special characters which look normal, but lead to a spoofed website (such as the Cyrillic B - looks like a B, smells like a B, but it can definitely point to somewhere else).
 

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curt954rr said:
Yeah, you can spent your life forwarding these emails. I did for a few years but it did not stop them. I find it much easier and less waste of my time to just delete them.
Ok. Ignoring the problem is sort of like being an accomplice to it. Just my opinion, though. :idunno:
eBay's trust and safety dept does go after these guys but there are a lot of them to go after. The more info they get the better they can combat it.
It takes, what, 10 seconds to forward an email?

Common sense does go a long way on eBay, however.
 

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A password hint that I really liked, and have used a lot is to make your password the first letter of a sentence or phrase. Then you can key it in while saying it, and it makes it easy to remember. For example: "Fireblades Is The Place For Me." Your password would be fitpfm. This will keep you from having a password found in a dictionary. Just remember the phrase..
 

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nhfirefighter13 said:
Ok. Ignoring the problem is sort of like being an accomplice to it. Just my opinion, though. :idunno:
Hardly. Kinda like saying if I do not chase down bank robbers I am an accomplice. Don't get me wrong, I am all for trying to stop this stuff, but there is little I personally can do.

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eBay's trust and safety dept does go after these guys but there are a lot of them to go after. The more info they get the better they can combat it.
Do they? I have often wondered. They used to reply to emails you would forward to them letting you know it was not from them and that they are "working" on the problem. I have not gotten one of these back from them in some time, making me wonder if they even care that I forwarded the email. I will again start forwarding the several fake emails I get a week to ebay...
 

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nhfirefighter13 said:
Ok. Ignoring the problem is sort of like being an accomplice to it. Just my opinion, though. :idunno:
eBay's trust and safety dept does go after these guys but there are a lot of them to go after. The more info they get the better they can combat it.
It takes, what, 10 seconds to forward an email?

Common sense does go a long way on eBay, however.
:thumb: 100% agree..... At least I feel i am doing my part when i forward them. What they do with it is up to them, atleast i am helping and trying. As much as they take the time to send me these spoof emails, i can take a sec to forward them to ebay.....
 
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