Phishing on eBay and PayPal


This could be a phishing attempt.

Careful. This might not be what it seems.


I recently bought a filter for a Black and Decker Dustbuster. Including postage and packing, the cost was less than £5.

I paid using a credit card. eBay confirmed my purchase, and I thought no more about it until I received this email:


From: “PayPal”
>> To: Stephen Greensted
>> Sent: Thu 20/01/11 09:17
>> Subject: Fwd: Reminder.
>> This is a courtesy reminder that your PayPal Account needs to be verified:
>> In order to receive uninterrupted services, please verify your information immediately.
>> To verify your account, please click the link below, log in and follow the provided steps:
>> Regards, PayPal
>> ______________________________________________
>> This email has been scanned by Netintelligence


This may or may not be a phishing attempt, but the email was tagged with a warning note from Netintelligence to warn me that, in its view, it certainly was.

Wikipedia says this about phishing:

“In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure the unsuspecting public. Phishing is typically carried out by e-mail or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one. Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques used to fool users, and exploits the poor usability of current web security technologies.”

This looks like what I was sent. On the other hand, I haven’t yet received the filter, so maybe it was genuine, but I think not.

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.