Claim: Your eBay account has been suspended “due to credit card verification problems.”
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Despite surface appearances, this message isn’t a phishing expedition designed to trick recipients into disclosing sensitive personal information (like a previous eBay-imitating scam). It’s just another joe job intended to stir up trouble for the Shadowcrew web site.
The links embedded in this message are transparently bogus. The first one leads to the Shadowcrew site itself, the second points to the web site of Concentric (an ISP), while the e-mail links correspond to the addresses of the registrant and registrar for the shadowcrew.com domain. (Likewise, the phone numbers given belong to OnlineNIC, the domain’s registrar.)
In case the tomfoolery wasn’t already obvious, the message’s final line makes it explicit: “The message was sent by ShadowCrew.com mail system in favour to eBay.com.”
Last updated: 4 February 2004
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