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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 109.145.134.216
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:20 am:   

I got this email this morning

ukrswebhel​p@ebay.com

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MC098 FIB NOTICE: Suspicious Bidder Alert - item #



Dear *********************
Our records show that member chicbeautybuys recently won one of your items. We'd like to let you know that eBay has cancelled all this member's bids due to issues relating to their account.

As the buyer is no longer a registered user, you are no longer obliged to complete the sale. We recommend that you don't post the item or respond to further emails from the buyer.

If someone asks you to continue with the sale outside of the eBay platform, we strongly recommend you ignore the request. Transactions completed outside of eBay aren't protected by our Feedback system.

In some cases, sellers have reported receiving an email indicating that they have received payment by PayPal, but in fact this is a fake message. We recommend logging into your PayPal account to confirm that payment was actually received. For more information on spoof messages, please go to:

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Here's what you should do now:

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This had all the ebay logos on and looked absolutley genuine. Except for the fact that I've only sold 3 itms and none of them were to the buyer named.

All the details I've ***'ed out are my correct ebay and hotmail details.

I'm not posting this in the amazing rubbish as it's a very plausible scam and if I'd sold lots of items I might have fallen for it.

You'll also notice the cheek of the t***s in giving a sales reference starting with FIB

Be careful when receiving messages from ebay. This is claerly a phishing scam
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 92.232.199.129
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 12:48 pm:   

This is nasty. How would it work - are the links in it false ones where you'd give details thinking it was the real eBay/PayPal site?

If I were you, Weber, I'd change my eBay password as whoever sent this clearly knows your details somehow. I once had a situation where someone had hacked into my eBay account and listed a load of fake watches for sale! Fortunately, eBay spotted it and cancelled the listings long before I'd even logged on to my computer that day - they're quite good on that kind of thing. But I was warned to change my password.

Have you reported this to them (but not via the link in the email)? I would, as they do seem to take these kinds of scams seriously.
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.8.16.129
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 01:25 pm:   

Forward it here, Marc.

spoof@ebay.co.uk
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Kate (Kathleen)
Username: Kathleen

Registered: 09-2009
Posted From: 86.153.11.198
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 01:46 pm:   

I got one from PayPal the other day asking me to verify something in my account. It looked genuine but I still didn't like to click the link so I signed into PayPal separately and sure enough, there was nothing there about the email they'd supposedly sent me.

I forwarded it to PayPal, who emailed me back to say it definitely hadn't come from them. Then I got a follow-up email saying oh yes, it WAS from them, sorry for any confusion!

So which of the three - if any - was genuine?
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.19.9
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 07:51 pm:   

Trouble is that any office in an organisation like that has real trouble distinguishing between outside scams and routine chiselling from other offices which have to devise new ways of ripping off customers because they are paid commission.

It's rather like the CIA you'll remember that the CIA spent over a year leading an international hunt for the terrorists who had sent packages containing anthrax spores within the USA, causing at least one civilian death, before admitting officially that they had sent the deadly mail themselves in order to stimulate government investment in their own anti-terrorist resources... which they had used to 'investigate' their own terrorist acts.
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Huw (Huw)
Username: Huw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 61.216.203.245
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 09:27 pm:   

Do you have a reliable source for that, Joel? I do recall that about a decade ago the CIA admitted to possessing anthrax, but I thought they always denied having any part in the mailing of it. I have seen others suggest that this happened, but I've never seen the CIA themselves admit to it.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.7.172
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:52 pm:   

I read that it had been formally admitted but my source was just a short newspaper report, so not authoritative. It has to be said that the message found in one package 'Death to America and Israel!' made any theory of an actual Islamic terrorist source for the anthrax packages hard to credit, as real terrorists rarely talk like terrorist characters in comics.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 - 04:11 am:   

I don't think that CIA story is true, Joel. That would be bombshell news here, and I've never heard it before reading your post.

I believe they've narrowed it down to one scientist who has since deceased, but concerning even that, I'm not sure....
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.37.154
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 - 11:39 am:   

It was reported as an official statement, not a theory, so either it was misreported or it was withdrawn. Anyway, back to PayPal...
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.8.19.207
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 10:51 am:   

The statement was made by Dr Barbara Rosenberg of (but not on behalf of, as far as I can tell) the Federation of American Scientists.
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R.B. Russell (Tartarusrussell)
Username: Tartarusrussell

Registered: 02-2010
Posted From: 86.141.48.28
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 12:24 pm:   

Fascinating stuff, Joel. I don't beleive in a fraction of the conspiracy theories that abound, but from a completely left-field source I'd heard that the suspect packages of white powder sent to the apparently anonymous office building in Florida, allowed the authorities to go in and remove material by way of a threat to the media group who operated from the building. My source for this will be fascinated to have the Dr Barbara Rosenberg lead - thanks Ramsey!

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