14th December 2003
text and a
link to a fake
Spoofed Web page/site?
forged eBay web
page with web form
requiring eBay &
name & password,
name & address
Web page/site origin
Identity Theft method
Web form information
is captured and
relayed to the
scammers using CGI
script (to an email
address - email@example.com), while
are sent to the
sign in page
Bank Email Scam
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eBay Update Seller Account Phishing Scam
14th December 2003
This eBay request is a Phishing Scam
Phishing is a term used to describe scams which involve
replica (fake or forged) emails and/or web pages of legitimate companies
or organisations and which aim to steal those site users' Identity and/or
Whilst it should be emphasised that eBay would never
send an email of this nature, it goes without saying that scammers send
masses of these forged emails out with the fair expectation that a small
number will fall prey to their deceit.
The email asks that you use the 'click
here' link to check and update your eBay account details. It is made
all the more convincing with the use of eBay's own logo (called from
eBay's own servers), but the link will open a forged eBay page in your
browser. This fake web page contains a web form for you to provide your
Name, Address, Email Address & Password, Ebay usernmae & password and
credit or debit card data. The forged web page has the following URL
..... which is web space provided
Dynamic Network Technologies in Romania.
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Once this information is provided, and the form submitted, the data will
be sent to the scammers' email address - firstname.lastname@example.org -
using a CGI script located in the same web space as the fake page. This
happens 'invisibly' and the user would simply arrive at a genuine eBay.com
page, none the wiser. Vali.biz is registered to an organisation in
Indianapolis, USA and while it has nothing to do with eBay, it should be
made clear that scammers frequently hijack web space from legitimate sites
to ply and/or process their phishing scam pages.
If you have received this hoax email, please remember
is very common for these email scams to be redistributed at a
later date with only slightly different content or the same but with the fake
page(s) hosted by a different provider. Also, once you have received one of
these hoaxes, it is also common place to receive at least another one
and usually a day or two after the first, although not necessarily from
the same apparent sender.
Take a good look at the following images, because
this hoax email scam may be coming to an inbox near you!
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