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Spoof Emails - eBay ID Theft Scam and More!!!


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  • 3 weeks later...

It's actually very, very easy. If you're using MS Explorer, simply click on View, then select Source. Notepad will open up and you'll see the complete html code of the page you're currently viewing. All you need to do is copy the code and insert it into a web page design program like FrontPage or Dreamweaver and bingo.....you've got an exact copy of the page. Set up a phony website and you're in business.

You can to the same with html emails (as was the case with the eBay spoofs).

Nothing on the net is sacred....unless you direct everyone to encyrpted servers....such as when you log in to check your bank or credit card balances. You really do have to be suspicious these days. If you ever get an email from your bank or credit card company (or any other company you do business with) asking you to update your personal and financial information, be skeptical. Give them a call first and ask if the email is legitimate.

Also, NEVER click on an email to update your info. Go directly to the site by typing the URL in your browser and log in there.

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my bank sends me email only on the site. You have to log in and check your messages there.

Yeah, that's the way to do it. I wish my bank did the same. Come to think of it, Capital One sends emails when your online statement is ready. There's a link in the email to go to their site (very bad).

Of course, the thief still needs your email account. I don't know how they would get it unless it was an inside job at the bank or credit card company. If I'm not mistaken it's pretty easy to snatch somebody's email on eBay.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Scam e-mail to rip off consumers... this is not an eBay update for account information as it claims... when you follow the link they provide it goes somewhere else. eBay has already stated that they would never request updated information by this means from any of their customers to beware!

Dear eBay User,

During our regular update and verification of the accounts, we couldn't verify your current information. Either your information has changes or it is incomplete.

As a result your access to bid or buy on eBay has been restricted. To start using your eBay account fully, please update and verify your information by clicking below:




** Please Do Not Reply To This E-Mail As You Will Not Receive A Response**

For security reasons the following information must be confirmed.


eBay User ID

You can also use your registered email.



Please re-enter your complete name and confirm your Date of Birth:

First name

Last name

Date of birth--Month----Day--Year


Please re-enter your Social Security Number (SSN)

(The SSN consists of nine digits, commonly written as three fields

separated by hyphens: AAA-GG-SSSS)


Important:In order to prevent any fraudulent activity from occurring we

strongly advise you to specify an alternative eBay password. This process

allows us to give back sole control of the account to you in case something goes wrong with instructions regarding the account and its future safety.

Alternative password (6 character minimum)

***Please note that when choosing a password we

strongly recommend that you choose a password that

can be easily remembered.***


Please confirm your credit or debit card on file to help verify

your identity. Your information is kept safe and private. Credit or debit card number

Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover

Your card will not be charged!

Expiration date --Month----Year--

Please make sure your card expiration date is correct.

If your card has expired, please enter another one.

CVV2 code

The CVV2 code is the three-digit code on the back of the

card following your credit card number.

ATM PIN (Bank Verification) #:

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In general, if you get a link to any site from an e-mail, you can make a shortcut to the site and put it on the desktop. Get out of your email program and double click on the shortcut to have it come up in Internet Explorer. Then go to the address line and cut and past the web site into the following site and you can see who owns the site. :wink:


http://www.ebay.com "ebay.com" You get back:


eBay, Inc.


2005 E. Hamilton Ave., Ste. 350

San Jose, CA 95125


http://www.qualitycreditrepair.com/ = "qualitycreditrepair.com"


Big-Web Marketing, Inc.


4960 NW 72 Terrace

Lauderhill, FL 33319


You can then check out the company with the Better Business Bureau at



The first company does indeed have an office in San Jose, CA. The second company is not registered with the BBB.


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