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New "Ebay" Scam

August 25, 2005

I fell for this one long enough to double-check. It takes a lot for me to even temporarily fall for a scam:

I received an e-mail telling me that I had "won" an auction. It looked so much like the usual "win" e-mail that eBay sends that I momentarily panicked. I logged onto eBay to check my account, and discovered that it is, in fact, fake. Notice that it says, "Dear Buyer," rather than my account name.

Watch out for this one, and make sure you're not clicking to follow the PayPal link or inputting ANY personal information


Congratulations !

Dear buyer,
You have agreed to purchase the following eBay item from microlannetw4 (M Jeric - Painesville, OH United States) on Aug-25-05 10:28:47 PDT:

GE Ericsson EDACS 800 PCS Portable Radio Main Board !! - Item #3840204057
Please review the seller's payment instructions below. Pay using PayPal, cashier's check/Money order

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Payment details:
: US $79.90
: 1
: US $79.90
: US $7.00
: (not offered)
: (None)
Payment instructions from seller:
Buyer must contact me within 3 days after sale / paid in full within 7 days, or item will be relisted and appropriate feedback left. Do not bid if you do not intend to pay. I use EBay's non-paying bidder program to recover my listing fees.

: 47619
If zip code is incorrect, please notify the seller and update for your future purchases.

This item can be viewed for up to 90 days at:

Note: The seller has been sent a separate email to confirm this sale.

Don't forget to leave feedback after the sale is complete.

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