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    ebay fraud alert email

    Can someone tell me how I can take the link that is in my email and tell whether it is going to ebay or to some rough site who wants to steal my identy?? The email I received says someone is using my ebay id and I need to logon immediately and provide/verify my account information. I only purchase items on ebay with a money order and have never put a credit card number on pay pal, etc any advice on how to check out the link they provided to verify whether it is ligitamete or not is sincerely appreciated...thanks, John

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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    I would guess the likelihood of it being a scam is very high.

    Presumably the email is in HTML format? - right-click within the message and select "view source". When you locate the link I think you will find the actual url is different to what it appears it should be.
    (If you are not sure how to find it: - while viewing the source, copy it all to Notepad, save it as a .txt and post it here as an attachment.)

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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    Leif, thanks for the reply...while viewing the message and right clicking in the message, "view source" is not one of the options.
    I am using Office EXP. Is it possible that your suggestion goes with Office 2003 which I do not have? Looking forward to hearing back from you..thanks, John

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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    Odd.
    With the message selected, can you do a File > Save As... ?
    If so, if the extension offered is .txt, save it as that and attach.
    If it is .htm, save it locally, rename it to have a none-sensical extension such as .abc , and attach it.

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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    One thing you could try is "SpoofStick" http://www.corestreet.com/spoofstick/. It will add a toolbar to your IE of Firefox browser that will tell you what domain you are really on. Such as "You're on eBay".

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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    This is a common spoof/scam and well known. Check on the e bay home site... and you can send the email to them for verification if you want...I think its something like spoof@ebay.com or whichever ebay country you may be using

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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    From here I got this........
    "Ebay advises users to avoid divulging account information in response to these emails. Users are advised to contact the company directly if they have any questions or concerns.
    Remember, reputable companies will NEVER ask you to provide security details via such means - if in doubt, be safe and ask first."
    I couldn't agree more !!

    If you want to view the source of the message, right click on it and choose Properties, click on the Details tab and then on the Message Source button. That should give you the header and the message body or the HTML code that comprises the message body.
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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    The View Source feature is in every version of Outlook. However, if you are using Word as your mail editor, then the menus are completely different. To view a hyperlink's address in Word you could try toggling field codes (Alt+F9) and see if the address replaces the display text. (I don't have a way to test this at the moment.)

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    Re: ebay fraud alert email

    Word 2000 seems pretty friendly here. You can right-click a hyperlink and select "Toggle Field Codes" or "Hyperlink -> Edit Hyperlink" to see its properties. Alt+F9 works too.

    Alan

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