Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Anatomy of an eBay scam

Source: The Register

Summary: an email exchange between an eBay fraudster and a reporter posing as an interested buyer. The first step in the fraud involves phishing an eBay account with a good reputation. An auction is then posted under this phished ID with instructions to contact the seller directly via email (in contravention of eBay acceptable usage policy). If a buyer contacts the fraudster in this manner, the fraudster will spoof an email from eBay instructing the buyer to send money to an agent via Western Union.

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