Fraud Alert!

  1. Just wanted to let you know how I became the victim of an oline fraud, so it doesn't happen to you! I know we have a lot of eBay users on allnurses, so be aware of this scam!

    I am an active buyer/seller on eBay, and have a very good "feedback" record.
    Last week, I got an email that said it was from eBay asking me to verify my eBay I.D. and password. It looked authentic, so I did.

    Turns out the email was part of a fraud that is being perpetrated. Criminals use these false emails to get the username and passwords of eBay members in good standing. then, they use the stolen info to set up fraudlent auctins to rip people off. EbAy United Kingdom contacted me and told me about this being done with my account, but they caught the person and cancelled the auction.
    I checked and sure enough, someone in Spain had obtained my ebay password, and used my account to set up aictions selling phony computers for thousands of dollars.

    This person was caught, and I was able to take back my account. However, I keep getting emails that SAY they are from eBay asking me to verify my user I.D. and password. If you get one of these emails, it is someone trying to use your account info to run fraudulent auctions. Please do not respond to it, and forward it to or report it to eBay on the "SafeHarbour" page.

    According to eBay, they will never send you an email asking you to reveal your account info.
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    Thanks for the tip, Helllllo Nurse. I'm not an active buyer/seller on eBay, but I have lot of friends that are. Thanks for warning us!

  4. by   MandyInMS
    Yikessss that's scarey!!! thanks for the heads up
  5. by   Brownms46
    This type thing has been going on a loooooonng time. I first saw it on AOL back in 1996, and someone would send you an email/IM stating they were from AOL. Back when AOL first started the unlimited access promotions, everyone started getting online, and many had no idea of what the net was all about, and MANY got taken.

    People were using other folks accounts to sign on, and people would try to sign on, and would be told they were ALREADY signed on! Always be careful as to what info you give out online, or anywhere for that matter!

    Thanks for the alert Hellllllo Nurse!
  6. by   BadBird
    Wow, thanks for the warning, sometimes people just suck. I hope they penalize whom ever did this to you.
  7. by   jnette
    another tip from a friend who had also been victimized... eBay gave her this number to call if you feel you have reasonfor concern: 408-558-7400. Thought I'd pass it along.
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Thanks for the headsup.
  9. by   MelRN13
    Thanks so much! I'm very active on ebay! I appreciate the heads up!