eBay invoice scam
An eBay invoice arrives in your inbox for a brand new Guess handbag or other personal product that you never ordered.
Confused? You need not be because this is a fake email.
The email has all the hallmarks of a legitimate eBay invoice, including details of the product, price, order number and eBay disclaimers at the bottom of the page. The email is even personally addressed.
eBay have confirmed that this email is a phishing scam where scammers try to trick you into revealing your personal details.
Phishing emails claim to be from a trusted source like eBay, PayPal or a financial institution. It can be very hard to tell these fakes from the genuine article.
Phishing emails usually contain links to a fake website where you will be asked to enter details like your password or account number. The scammers then capture your details, gain access to further personal information and attempt to commit fraud using your identity. This is why we always promote the golden rule of never opening a web link from an email, always go to the site yourself.
“Phishing is an industry wide issue and not unique to eBay or its online payments company PayPal,” an eBay spokesman said. “However, as two well-known internet brands, eBay and PayPal users are often targeted by scammers using phishing.
“eBay is committed to educating Internet users on how to protect themselves from phishing. Recently eBay has produced an interactive tutorial on phishing, which is available here www.ebay.com.au/protectyourself/ ”
eBay said if you are unsure of an email you have received from eBay or PayPal, email them at spoof@eBay.com.au or firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get back to you to confirm whether it’s legitimate.
eBay’s website has more details on how to protect yourself from phishing. If you are an eBay user, make sure you read it. You could find yourself saving more than just dollars!