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Any data that is entered into that fake sign in page is captured using PHP script (once the 'Sign In>') button is pressed and you are then directed to another fake eBay page. This time it is a much larger 'web form' which requests more information, including name, address, credit or debit card, bank and social security number details. Again, this information is cpatured using PHP script but, this time you would be sent to the genuine eBay.com sign in page, once that information is submitted.
Most reputable online services will make some statement that they 'will never ask you to provide your user name, password and/or personal information in an email'. Sounds great, but it does not preclude them asking you to visit their site and sign in so that you can interact or complete a process indicated within the email. eBay for instance frequently provides links to their site which require you to sign in to complete an action indicated within the email, such as (but not limited to) relisting an item that has not sold.
The best possible advice is to read any such email, and then enter the site manually - by typing the URL (www.ebay.com in this case) directly into your browser address bar. Then interact with the site once there (you can at least be better assured that you are at the right place). In other words do NOT use any links provided in an email if you want to be assured that you are not going to be conned.
eBay could easily take action to reduce the authentic look and feel of these many, many spoof emails which target their customers on a global and near daily basis. There is something called 'hot link protection' and this is something that can be deployed on a server to prevent external web sites, pages and emails from calling up their graphics from their servers. It would not prevent these kind of email scams from appearing, but it would certainly make it much less easy to create such convincing hoaxes.
Let's now take a look at the images of the email
and offending fake eBay web pages .....
The cloaked link provided within that email will
take you to the following fake eBay page .....
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