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There is currently an email going around that has been verified by eBay as being spoof:


March 2007

***eBay My World page required for all eBay users ***

March 13, 2007 | 11:22AM PST/PT

This is a global eBay announcement. As of today (March 13 2007) eBay requires all members to create their "My World" pages. This task will only take 1-2 minutes so please complete it within the next 24 hours so that you may enjoy the new features that eBay has to offer. In order to create/edit your "My World" page please click on the following link :


Christophe Gillet

The reason I was alerted to it was because it was sent to our email address that is NOT our registered eBay address. I am also putting in eBay's reply to the spoof alert:



The email you reported was not sent by eBay. Please be assured that we
have reported this email to the appropriate authorities.

Emails such as this, commonly referred to as 'spoof' or 'phishing'
messages, are sent in an attempt to collect sensitive personal or
financial information from the recipients.

If you are ever concerned about an email you receive from eBay, open a
new Web browser, type into your browser address field to
go directly to the eBay site. Sign into your account and check My
Messages in your My eBay. All email sent to you from other members
through eBay's email system are also in your My Messages portion of My

If you get an email to your registered eBay email address that looks
like it's from eBay about a problem with your account or requesting
personal information, check My Messages first. If it's not there, it's
probably a fake email.

If you have any doubt about whether an email message is from eBay,
please forward it immediately to Do not respond to it
or click any of the links. Do not remove the original subject line or
change the email in any way when you forward it to us.

If you have already entered sensitive financial information or your
password into a Web site based on a request from a spoofed email, you
should take immediate action to protect your identity and all of your
online accounts. We have developed an eBay Help page with valuable
information regarding the steps you should take to protect yourself.

To review eBay's new tutorial about Spoof Emails, please see the
following Web page:

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 an indicator of when you are on an eBay or PayPal
Web site or a known spoof (or 'phishing') site, buttons to report fake
eBay Web sites, and a password notification feature that warns you when
you may be entering your eBay password on an unverified site.

To access information about the eBay Toolbar, please go to, click on 'Security Centre' at the bottom of the page,
and then click on the 'Stopping spoof emails and Web sites' link. Then
click on the 'Get eBay Toolbar with Account Guard' link.

Once again, thank you for alerting us to the spoof email you received.
Your efforts help us ensure that eBay remains a safe and vibrant online


eBay SafeHarbor
Investigations Team
eBay - Australia's online marketplace

Protect your eBay account by changing your password regularly. For more
information, please visit the link below:

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on our service. If you would rather not participate, please click on the
link below and send us an email with the word "REMOVE" in the subject


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So if any of you receive an email starting:

Subject: Urgent update required on your eBay account

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ **There are no dumb questions, just dumb people. I should know, 'cause I am one of them**
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Do people really fall for this stuff?

Unfortunately, they do. Although for the life of me I don't understand how on some of these. With the bad english, demanding instructions, poor grammar. Imagine eBay demanding that ALL users do something within the next 24 hours... Just the thought of that is ludicrous.

But, it's all part of social engineering, and apparently, it works.

Please be assured that we have reported this email to the appropriate authorities.

Oh yea, I'll sleep better at nights knowing this...

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