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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:03 AM
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I received a threatening "spoof" email from ebay what should I do?
"Why would you do this to me you received the package 6 days ago and still no word on the payment ... you will not get away with this . I have your address and will be paying you a visit these days . THIEF!"

This is the email I received, I know it is a spoof. But it is more threatening than any others I have received. Any suggestions?
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:04 AM
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1. Report it
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 11:04 AM by wryter2000
forward it to spoof@ebay.com

If you're worried about it, use your browser to go to ebay.com and look at your messages to make sure it's a hoax.

On edit: to the same for anything that comes from paypal. Forward it to spoof@paypal.com
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techtrainer Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:05 AM
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2. Forward the email to spoof@ebay.com
They will followup and attempt to shut the offending site down.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:29 AM
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9. spoof@ebay.com? That's brilliant.
You should try reporting phishing schemes to Wells Fargo. I was getting spam from a domain that I later determined had been spoofing WF e-mails for literally months, and the fuckers never did anything about it. Their response? An automated response telling me that I should never give out my PIN number and password. :eyes: Still getting phishing e-mails from that domain.
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pinerow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:05 AM
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3. I would start by blocking any messages
from that IP...then, if that fails...call the cops...
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ellacott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:07 AM
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4. I would report it to ebay's security section
http://pages.ebay.com/help/contact_us/_base/index_5.htm...

Do you think these people actually have your address? That does sound like a scary email.
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InvisibleTouch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:11 AM
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5. I get messages like that all the time.
I'd say "just ignore it and delete it," but the part about "I'll be paying you a visit" leads me to agree with others who say forward it to Ebay's security department, just to be sure. Having said that, I'll add that it's just another variant on the e-mails that try to panic you into giving out bank account or credit card info. Forward it to Ebay, but don't worry about it further.

It goes without saying, but never never never click on a link contained in an e-mail that claims to come from Ebay, PayPal, your bank, etc. If you're at all uncertain as to the legitimacy of the claim, open a new window and type in the site address yourself to check on your account.

Here's another trick: if you find yourself at a page that's asking for a username and password, and you have any doubt at all whether it's legitimate, give a fake password. A fake site will accept it, since it doesn't know your real password; the real site will deny you access.

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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:14 AM
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6. Better load the shotgun just in case
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:20 AM
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7. forward it to
spoof@ebay.com

happens to me all the time. remember that no online bank, not ebay, amazon, paypal, etc, will ever send you to their page and then request information from you
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:28 AM
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8. Do you have a spam blocker? Those usually get blocked.
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:43 AM
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10. Thanks for the suggestions
I had already forwarded it to Spoof@ebay.com but did a separate report through the security link provided above. I get lots of these, most go to my spam file, but this was more threatening than usual.
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oldtime dfl_er Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:57 AM
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11. I get these kinds of things regularly
although this one is meaner than most. Definitely send it to spoof@ebay.com and then delete it and forget about it. Ebay will send you a soothing reply, but I don't know what they'll do after that.

http://www.cafepress.com/scarebaby/1401215
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:21 PM
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12. Ebay doesn't give a rat's hindquarters.
You can send the mail to them and notify their security, but they won't do anything. I had to actually track down a phone number and call the buggers, because I refused to set up an account on Ebay just for the purpose of submitting the spoofing report. They were barely polite and of course did nothing (they did grill me about why I didn't have an Ebay account. jeez.)

If it really worries you, consider reporting it to the cops or the feds -- making threats of violence through the mails is a federal offense, and I believe that email falls under that heading.
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