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NancyAndFriends Posts: 1,153

On another ebay ID that I have....I've been getting all these wierd emails.  Like questions from buyers concerning items I don't have listed etc.  Last week I received an email congratulating me on being the successful bidder and to send 499.00.
Fortunately, I didn't even click on it, I just sent it to ebay's spoof.  The following is my reply from ebay and I have highlighted the part...that is the reason I say...fortunately, I didn't click on it.
I also did not know to check my messages to see if it is a spoof or not.
Just thought you might like to know this little tid-bit of info.
Off to work on my new bear....



Thank you for writing to eBay regarding an email message you received.

We have reviewed your report and have found that the message you
received was made to appear as if it had been sent by an eBay user;
however, it was not. All email sent to you from other members through
eBay's email system will also appear in the My Messages portion of My
eBay. If you get an email to your registered eBay email address that
looks like it's from eBay or another eBay member asking a question,
check My Messages first. If it's not there, it's a fake email.
Many of these fake emails contain a keystroke virus. If you clicked on
any of the links in the email, you may have exposed your computer to
this virus.

We are unable to determine if your computer is actually infected with a
virus. If you have not already done so, you should seek out a virus
scanner program to use on your system. I have included a few links below
to get you started in this effort: … fault.mspx

As always, it's a good idea to keep your virus scanner up to date with
the most recent virus definitions. If you do not have a virus scanner,
you can run a free virus scan on your computer at:

Until you are certain that your computer is virus free, you should take
caution in your computer use. In addition, we suggest that you never
open an email or attachment from someone you don't know. You may need to
contact your email provider to disable any automatic downloading
settings. It is advised that you only download attachments in a secure
setting where you have the ability to scan for viruses before actually
opening the attachment. Please take this opportunity to learn about and
protect your computer from viruses from some of the Web sites above.

To help you better protect yourself from fake eBay and PayPal Web sites,
we have developed a feature for the eBay Toolbar called "Account Guard."
Account Guard includes:

1. An indicator that shows when you are on an eBay or PayPal Web site or
a known spoof (or "phishing") site.

2. Buttons to report fake eBay Web sites to us.

3. A password notification feature that warns you when you may be
entering your eBay password on an unverified site.

To learn more about the eBay Toolbar with Account Guard go to, click on "Downloads" at the bottom of the page, and then
click on the "eBay Toolbar" link.

Once again, thank you for alerting us to the email you received. Thank
you for your efforts to keep eBay a safe and fair place to trade.


eBay SafeHarbor
Investigations Team

Laura Lynn Teddy Bear Academy
Nicholasville, KY
Posts: 3,653

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Yes, you can get these fake emails even if you are NOT an eBay user!!

I get them to my website address... which is NOT registered with eBay.

Thanks for bringing this up Nancy!

psichick78 Flying Fur Studios
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,073

I'm impressed ebay has such a complete email for you!! I guess they must be getting alot of spoofs forwarded over to them.

Thanks for sharing, alot of helpful info there.

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