[thelist] phony ebay scam? Security of info on the web

Tom Dell'Aringa pixelmech at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 24 14:20:00 CST 2003

--- ".jeff" <jeff at members.evolt.org> wrote:
> tom,
> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> > From: Tom Dell'Aringa
> >
> > My in-laws got this message which is apparently bogus
> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> apparently bogus?  how do you know?

For the sake of verity I guess I was too vague. My Mother-in-law got
on the phone with ebay and they told her (from her words) it was
"spam". The guy said they don't use customer account numbers, nor do
they put cc#'s in correspondance like they did in the email I
attached. I didn't talk to him directly of course, but from what she
said - they guy is claiming they did not send any such email and that
they got calls all day about it from lots of people. (Note: I can't
find anything regarding this on the news anywhere today).

> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> > How could someone get this info off the ebay servers
> > if it is encrypted?
> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><

> how do you know someone other than ebay is getting this info off
> their servers?

I don't. Inside job? Mistake they aren't owning up to?

> where did the email originate from?

I only got a copy of the email sent to me that I sent to the list.
"<aw-confirm at ebay.com>" is in the email.

> ><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><
> > I guess ebay is getting calls all day about this.
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> you guess?  just a gut thing or do you have friends that work there
> that have told you the phones are ringing off the hook?

Per above - what I heard second hand - that the guy at ebay told my
mother-in-law this. I find the whole thing strange. She said he said
he would make a note on their account they were going to get a new CC
number and enter it and gave them correct instructions on how to do

I think I'll make a call myself to see what I can find out.


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