Credit Card Declined

How the scam works:

Similar to the Account Upgrade scam, this one comes as an e-mail you receive claiming to be from eBay, saying (the following is an excerpt from a real scammer’s message):


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“We are writing to alert you that your balance is not paid, because your credit card company declined eBay's attempt to charge your card. Your payment is due ASAP. To speed up this process, you are required to place another credit card on the account you have on file. Update your credit card here (the scammers provide a link). As a courtesy, eBay will automatically make a second attempt to charge your card. This attempt will take place in about 3 to 5 business days. As a reminder, past due accounts may be restricted from buying or selling until payment is received”.

How to avoid:

Don't get us wrong, eBay can charge your credit card for the monthly fees, but this scams is specifically pulled by criminals who also know that and claim to be from eBay. Never offer your personal information by replying to e-mails. If there is a problem with your account, you will be notified in your Inbox, on your eBay account.

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1 thought on “Credit Card Declined”

  1. Some scammers aren’t too smart are they. Would you think they may look into the ebay workings to see how ebay works, don’t they know people may already know how ebay works. Too much like work for the scammers that’s why they are scammers, too lazy to go out and get a real Job.

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