EBay Warns Members About Phony E-Mail
The online auction site said the message, which it thinks originated from servers in Iran and was sent by someone with a registered domain name in Scotland, suggests that the recipient can learn an eBay secret by responding to the message.
"Several eBay users have notified us about a possible attempt to gain access to their private information through an e-mail solicitation made to appear as if it is originating from eBay," the company said in a note on its marketing announcement board. "The purpose of the e-mail is to secure the user's eBay ID and eBay passwords."
EBay is warning users not to respond to the e-mail and reminds them that company management does not ask for password and credit card information by e-mail. It also warns them to be wary of any e-mail message purporting to be from eBay that is not sent from an eBay e-mail address.
"EBay will never send you any request or solicitation from a non-eBay e-mail account," the company said.