Phishing scam warning!
Ebay exploited again in clever phishing scheme.
Do you use ebay? I do (and no, I’m not telling you my ebay identity). Because I am among many millions of users, that makes us more prone to this type of scam than most. What I just received today is easily the most clever phishing scheme I’ve seen in a long time.
It’s an email offering a $20 reward for taking a brief survey, pointing to a very respectable looking domain, one that might belong to a legitimate 3rd party survey company, survey-reward.org. DON’T BELIEVE IT! After getting you involved in the process by answering 6 questions on page one, the next page asks for ebay login password and user name, credit card numbers and ATM PIN. The premise is they need it to deposit into your account. The reality is you can expect immediate withdrawals!
If this was a legitimate offer and you are a registered ebay user, ebay would not have to ask you for password or credit card information. They already have it on file. And they will NEVER ask you for an ATM PIN. Period!
Clue #2: It was mailed to “Undisclosed recipients”. Ebay will always send email to your current account on file with them. Looking at the detailed header information, the actual address they used is one I have seeded with the spamming community at large. Anything sent to this address is most assured to be some form of spam or scam.
What concerned me the most, though, is when I tried to trace the location of the domain name. Every time I ran the trace it resolved to different IP addresses, most belonging to computers of home users just like you! What this means is the phisher has used a network of spyware infested drone computers to launch his campaign with. The only way to shut it down is through the domain registrar who will hopefully also report what they know about the owner to the FBI, or worse, Microsoft! They take a dim view of thugs who help to discredit their reputation and have begun taking on phishers, spammers and scammers head on. Good for you Bill! Please keep it up!
I’m still planning a review of the new Trend Micro Internet Security 2006. Honest I am. Look for this first part of February, followed closely by a review of a new free web filter product made by BlueCoat called K9 Web Protection. These are good people with a mission to serve others, as opposed to what we’ve become used to – people with a mission to serve themselves.