eBay Order Confirmation Scam: How It Works
As more and more people purchase items online day after day, scammers find ways to victimize consumers all over the world. The latest scam going around this week is the eBay Order Confirmation Email aka the eBay Order Number scheme. It’s notorious these days and it adds to the plethora of eBay buyer scams out there. How does it work?
Watch the video below to see in action the eBay Confirmation Email scam exposed:
Similar to the PayPal Confirmation Email scam, this one comes in your inbox validating a purchase you did recently. However, it has a different twist.
The title subject of the email is: “Thank you for your offer”. The message informs that you purchased an Axel Panel Platform Bed worth $718. However, it could be any other item, so don’t get stuck on this one.
The trick? Scammers want the victims, who know they didn’t purchase anything, to confirm that the transaction was a mistake.
Unlike the PayPal scams where crooks send the recipients to a PayPal look-alike page, in this one they offer a couple of options to reply. The first one is: “We need your confirmation to ship the order, please click here” (see above).
However, as they know nobody clicks on that, they lead the victims to the second one, which is: “If you think this was sent to you by mistake, click here”.
That’s where it gets interesting because the link doesn’t open a fake website, but a reply window to the scammer, confirming the recipient didn’t order any items.
We responded to the scam email, so, of course, they replied with a link asking us to log in to change our password (“for safety reasons”). Using the link provided by the scammer sent us to a fake eBay page, where we were asked to provide the credentials.
In other news, here is a list of eBay gift scams.
Fake eBay Email: How To Avoid
Do not click on the link provided. The best thing to do in this case is to log into your account straight from eBay’s website, by typing eBay.com in your browser, first. Any notification should be in your inbox there. Avoid any fake eBay email.
Beware of other regular eBay scams out there, including the eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection or the eBay Trading Assistant. You should also keep in mind to never pay for anything on eBay by Steam cards.
How to Report the eBay Email Scams
Warn your family and friends about these eBay email scams by sharing them on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to eBay and the FTC using the links below:
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