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The bad guys are phishing for your individual in rank - defense


Do you know what "phishing" is?

No, it doesn't mean you grab a pole and head to the late to catch some phish.

The authoritative Webopedia classification of "phishing" is as follows:

The act of distribution an e-mail to a user deceitfully claiming to be an established legitimate activity in an endeavor to scam the user into conceding confidential in a row that will be used for identity theft. The e-mail directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to bring up to date not public information, such as passwords and accept card, collective security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate association by now has. The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user's information.

Phishers prey on ignorance, fear, and emotion. They also play the numbers game. The more bait they email out, the more phish they'll catch. . By spamming large groups of people, the "phisher" counts on his email being read and assumed by a percentage of people who will volunteer their delicate and accept card information.

The most up-to-date endeavor by distinctiveness theives to steal the personal information of eBay members hit my inbox beforehand this week and I have to say, this one is cute convincing. Even this old dog did a double-take beforehand realizing that the characteristics thieves were phishing for my individual in sequence again.

The sender of this email is programmed as: eBay Affiliate - rivernick and the email area under discussion line reads: Difficulty from eBay Member.

The email begins: "Question from eBay Component -- Answer Now. eBay sent this implication on behalf of an eBay associate via My Messages. Responses sent using email will not reach the eBay member. Use the Answer Now fasten below to act in response to this message. "


Of choice the email was NOT sent by an eBay component or sent via eBay's messaging system, as it appears.

The email then takes on a threatening tone.

It reads: "Question from rivernick: I'm still coming up payment for my item for about 7 days. What happened? Entertain mail me ASAP or I will article you to ebay. "

The recipient is then prompted to answer to this rather disturbing email by clicking a "Respond Now. " button.

Doing so will take you to a website calculated to look like eBay where you will be prompted to login using your eBay user name and password.

Once you pass this point you will be asked to inform your account information ahead of proceeding. Unknowing souls will offer not only their eBay password, but own and accept card information, as well, lacking even aware that they are about to have their own in rank stolen.

The one thing that makes this scam so efficient is the menace by the assumed eBay associate to "report you to eBay. "

The email preys on the fear of most eBay members that they are in danger of in receipt of denial feedback. Many eBayers would rather you cut off a pinky than leave them denial feedback. It is this emotion that the new phishers are in suspense to hook.

The phisher is having a bet that most colonize will any be horrified by the hazard of being wrongly reported to eBay or they will be ticked off that some jerk is threatening them by mistake.

Either way the phisher is as well as on a percentage of colonize to have a knee-jerk effect and login to the fake eBay website he has set up clear matters up.

I've yet to see what percentage of associates who catch these phishing emails fall for the scam, but if a phisher gets 1% of recipients to turn over their not public information, he will probably be concerned about his phishing expedition a success.

I've warned you about these phishing scams before, but let's review it one more time.

NEVER reply candidly to an email that appears to have come from eBay, Paypal, Amazon, or anyoen else asking you to click a link in the email to inform your balance information. If there is any doubt in your mind whether or not the email is especially from eBay, for example, open a browser and type in the URL http://www. ebay. com. NEVER click a link in the email to respond.

NEVER accept as true that an email allegedly from a further eBay member is for real. Again, do not click an email link to reply. Open a browser and go to eBay completely and log in. If the email was from a real member, there will be a background of the inquest in your My eBay account.

You must be aware that there are bad guys out there who do nothing but spend time demanding to come up with new and innovative ways to steal your information.

Be paranoid. Be aware. But don't be fooled.

The phishers will cast their line, but you do not have to take the bait.

Here's to your success,

Tim Knox

Tim serves as the leader and CEO of three flourishing equipment companies and is the come to grief of DropshipWholesale. net, an online business dyed-in-the-wool to the achievement of online and eBay entrepreneurs. http://www. dropshipwholesale. net
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