The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

15 May 2003

Attempted thievery

So why would eBay, which knows me perfectly well, from my user ID to my 123 positive feedback points — not too shabby for someone who's never sold anything — need to know my password?

Which is by way of introducing you to today's spam, which was a lame attempt to steal said password, titled "Security Check." (yes, with the period), and swiping eBay graphics in an attempt to look legit. Had I filled in the blanks as requested, this information would have been posted to a page at a domain called, ostensibly owned by one Michael Rafter of Denver.

I have, of course, notified eBay; I'm passing this on to the rest of you in case the culprit has a fistful of blogger names.

Posted at 5:38 PM to Scams and Spams

hmmm, if I get this I'll be sure to let him know my password is carolchanningsloveslave.

Posted by: cam at 8:06 PM on 15 May 2003

Just don't use it on all your logins; people start to catch on after a while.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:31 PM on 15 May 2003

I would have pegged Cam as more of a Charo kind of fellow. Who knew?

Posted by: Joe Goodwin at 11:28 PM on 15 May 2003

Ah... good scams never die. Back when I was on AOL some joker would chime in every once in a while on IM and ask me for my password/credit card to verify my account.

Posted by: -=e=- the merciless™ at 11:38 PM on 15 May 2003

The reason they never die, of course, is that occasionally someone falls for them.

I intend for that someone to be someone other than myself.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:59 AM on 16 May 2003

Erk. Mental image of Carol Channing wiggling and shrieking "Coochie coochie!"

The pain! The pain!

Posted by: McGehee at 12:37 PM on 16 May 2003

If I ever see such a thing, I'll Photoshop it over a background of OKC's Channing Square.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:52 PM on 16 May 2003

dang. I thought for sure I could weasel that password out of you. I wanted those 123 positive feedbacks bad. Guess I gotta come up with a new schtick.

I did get you on that Denver domain thing though. You'll never catch me...NEVER I say! MUUAAAHHHH!

Posted by: MarcL at 7:25 PM on 16 May 2003