The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 May 2005

Fraud alert, it says

This phishing attempt is just so much fun:

eBay Fraud Mediation Request
Date: Thu, 21 May 2005

You have recieved this email because you or someone had used your account to make fake bids at eBay. For security purposes, we are required to open an investigation into this matter.

Well, let's see. Somebody at eBay would likely know (1) how to spell "received" and (2) that the 21st of May wasn't a Thursday.

THE FRAUD ALERT ID CODE CONTAINED IN THIS MESSAGE WILL BE ATTACHED IN OUR FRAUD MEDIATION REQUEST FORM, IN ORDER TO VERIFY YOUR EBAY ACCOUNT REGISTRATION INFORMATIONS.

Fraud Alert ID CODE: 00937614
(Please save this Fraud Alert ID Code for your reference.)

To help speed up this process please click here:
http://secure.acces-ebay.com/mrtg/.aw-cgi/ebayISAPI.dll/

I need hardly point out that "acces-ebay.com" is not a real eBay domain. And if this were a secure server, it just might specify https: in front of the URL.

This was actually sent from 70.84.130.228. Geolocation, which is not particularly reliable, puts it in Dallas.

I mention all this mostly for the benefit of Googlers and similar searchers, since it's highly unlikely I'm the only person who's ever going to get this. And I continue to urge that phishers, once caught, be filleted on national television.

Posted at 1:42 PM to Scams and Spams


I used to track phishers down with Sam Spade and turn them in to the hosts, but the they usually shut down before anything can be done. I'd sure hate to be "learning the web" now, and it is a shame that most people don't have the ability to determine if the email is a scam. What's worse, IMHO, is they don't have the inclination to learn. So, they will suffer, and willful ignorance will continue to screw it up for the rest of us.

Posted by: Jeffro at 5:45 PM on 21 May 2005

I get this things qite regularly. I call it "phishing for dhummies..." ;-)

Posted by: Greeblie at 6:03 PM on 21 May 2005

I get these regularly although my account at ebay and paypal have been defunct and under completely different name and email. I get one of these and gust hit delete.don't even bother looking at them anymore. They want something I don't have, a credit card number. Hehe......

Posted by: anstranger at 8:31 PM on 21 May 2005

Heck, I get 'em despite not even having an account with eBay.

In fact, since I opened a PayPal account, the phony "PayPal" phishes actually stopped coming.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:07 AM on 22 May 2005

I used to get the PayPal phishes and bankcard phishes. I don't even blink when I see them anymore. I canceled my PayPal account YEARS ago, and I have no plastic. Phools. lol

Posted by: Deb S. at 9:57 AM on 22 May 2005

It's always amusing to get them from firms with which I do no business — Citibank and Washington Mutual seem to be the most common. (Yes, Citigroup runs the Shell and Sears credit-card operations, but way behind the scenes.)

Posted by: CGHill at 10:00 AM on 22 May 2005