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The scammers really, really wanted my eBay account number, but I was deleting their e-mails without clicking on their link. So they upped ante. Because I didnít reply, supposed ďeBay Fraud MediationĒ people stepped in and got more and more testy as I didnít supply them with my eBay account number.
I felt perfectly relaxed through all of this, not only because I got each notice in triplicate (one from each sucker list Iím on) but because I DONíT HAVE AN EBAY ACCOUNT! If I had one, I might have worried, and then done sensible thing: GONE TO THE OFFICIAL EBAY WEBSITE AND ASKED THEM IF THEY SENT IT. My husband did that once and got a form indicating (1) they get a zillion of these things, and (2) they donít send e-mails like that. It was a scam, all right.
ēAnti-scam rule 3: eBay and other legitimate organizations are NOT going to ask you to confirm your account information in an e-mail.
ēAnti-scam rule 4: If you are not sure whether an e-mail is from a legitimate organization or is a scam, go to legitimate organizationís website (rather than clicking on a possibly infected e-mail link) and ask them if they sent it.
Coming next: most vicious scam of all.
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