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Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2003 5:30 am | Updated: 1:06 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Beware of an e-mail scam aimed at acquiring personal information, including the social security and credit card numbers of people who are part of online auction giant eBay’s extensive user base.

The scam asks for the user’s eBay password and username, plus detailed credit card, social security and ATM information, including PIN.

The first e-mail I received asked for my e-mail address and password. It also wanted the last three digits on back of the credit card I use for eBay. The second threatened termination of my eBay account if I didn't respond. I responded — to eBay. I copied the entire second e-mail (which contained much of the same information as the first but included the termination threat) — and sent it to eBay.

Despite notification that I might not get a response for 24 hours or more, I received a reply within an hour. EBay wrote that what I forwarded to it was a complete scam. Despite the eBay logo and the request form looking almost exactly like one of the company's forms, it was not.

EBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove said eBay is aware of the scam and has been notifying users to avoid responding to it. “We’ve been posting alerts to the eBay community on the announcement board and sending along condensed versions in administrative e-mails,” Pursglove told sportscollectorsdigest.com.

EBay also provides information about spam e-mail, identity theft and what users can do if their eBay account has been compromised.

EBay is frequently targeted by these scam artists. Because of that, Pursglove said eBay wants to take the initiative to try and combat scam e-mail and provide even more security for its users.

“We’re (also) looking at formally developing an industry-wide coalition to address this and other issues that are associated with fraudulent e-mails,” he said.

The Information Technology Association of America is serving as the organizing body of this coalition, which also includes companies such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Verisign, Business Service Alliance and TechNet. Hunter Miller, president of ITAA, said the coalition will work on expanding public education campaigns against online identity theft to protect consumers.

The coalition will also help promote technology and self-help approaches for preventing and dealing with online identity theft. It will document and share non-personal information about emerging online fraudulent activity to stay ahead of criminals and new forms of online fraud. And the coalition work with government to cultivate an environment that protects consumers and businesses and ensures effective enforcement and criminal penalties against cyber thieves.

“Ultimately, the solution is a shared responsibility among industry, government and consumers to advance education and awareness, stronger penalties, cooperation within industry and law enforcement and work together to prevent the spread of this problem into e-commerce,” Miller said.


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