Dangerous Email

Online users been getting emails that look like they are from eBay (or other seemingly reliable sources), but they’re not. Unscrupulous internet sales scammers have somehow gotten hold of our email addresses and used our mailboxes for their “Get Rich on eBay” scams.

There’s even a more dangerous email going around, this one not only has an eBay return address, but also looks like the type of email that eBay sends out. It says that eBay has checked your contact information and has found it to be invalid, and your bidding ability is suspended. It then instructs you to click a link in the email – that looks like it goes to eBay, but actually takes you to another “look-alike” site. It asks you to input your user ID and password. DON’T DO IT!

For eBay emails that look suspicious:

Report these  to eBay. Go to eBay’s reporting link,
and click the selection “Member Problems”, then select the issue : “I don’t think an email I received is actually from eBay”. Click the continue button, then on the next page, scroll down and click “Contact Support”

eBay not only wants you to copy and paste the email here, but they want the “headers”.  Here’s how to find the headers of an email:

– In Microsoft Outlook, double click the e-mail. Then click View>>Options. In Outlook Express, click the e-mail. Then click File>>Properties and select the Details tab.

– In a browser, click the message to open it. Then click View>>Message Source to display the header. Highlight the text you see, copy and paste it into the eBay text box. The super sleuths at eBay will be able to trace the email with this information.

For a MAC,  using Microsoft Outlook (or the more popular larger version called Microsoft Entourage) you just click on the e-mail and pull down the “VIEW” menu and choose “SOURCE”.

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