We want to warn you of a phishing message weâ€™ve detected in circulation affecting eBay members with the purpose to get their credentials.
The message seems to have been sent by â€œeBayâ€ and uses the same logo and appearance as the original one to trick users and make them think itâ€™s trustworthy:
Something that has attracted my attention is when it says that your name is not displayed to protect you from spam, donâ€™t you think itâ€™s a little bit ironic?
The global message is clear and menacing: If you donâ€™t log in your account now, it will be suspended.
But if you read the message carefully, youâ€™ll probably notice that it doesnâ€™t make much sense. You donâ€™t really know what it is about.
For example, nearly at the end it says: â€œâ€¦your account will be suspended for a period of 3-4 days, after that it will be again operational Sunday, 16, June, 2010â€
Umh, these are going to be the longest 3-4 days of your livesâ€¦ and youâ€™ll be surprised when you look at your calendar and discover that 16th June 2010 is not Sunday but Wednesday!
So, when you receive a message like this, itâ€™s very important not to panic in spite of reading things like â€œyour account will be suspendedâ€¦â€ because itâ€™s likely to be false.
But, what happens if I have trusted the message?
If you click the link included in the message, youâ€™ll be redirected to a very similar website to eBayâ€™s:
But if you look at the web address, youâ€™ll see that it doesnâ€™t belong to the official eBay website:
Donâ€™t worry because you have not been phished yet.
If you havenâ€™t noticed this detail and have entered your credentials, you wonâ€™t be logged in as you would expected.
Youâ€™ll be informed that you have to confirm your identity because someone is trying to access your account at the same time. Thatâ€™s why youâ€™ll be required additional information like the security question and answer, phone number and date of birth:
Once you enter this, the process will be finished and a message thanking you for your collaboration will be displayed:
Youâ€™ll see another ironic message in this page: â€œWe want to keep eBay a safe place to buy and sellâ€.
Unfortunately, it wonâ€™t be a safe place for you anymore knowing that someone has your credentials. But the solution is easy: change the password of your eBay account and that’s it!