The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Phishers exploit eBay

Another technique worth mentioning. This one just crossed my desk: phishers will create auctions on eBay, and then send messages to the bidders. The messages will contain links to what looks like an eBay sign-in page, but is in fact a phishing page. The idea is to lull you into a false sense of security with the fact that it's a message from a seller you are, in fact, doing business with. In effect, the phish leaches trust from eBay's good name.

What to do about it: As always, if money is involved always give every url a good looking over before you visit it. You might try contacting spoof@ebay.com, spam@ebay.com, or abuse@ebay.com.

Update: c|net has also written about the problem; see Phishers set hidden traps on eBay

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