|Sun Mar 1 2009 22:15:20|
eBay Germany Sellers Are Fraud Targets
By: Ina Steiner
According to German watchdog group Falle-Internet.de, fraudsters continue to target eBay users. If someone uses the eBay "Ask the Seller a Question" feature to tell you there is a discussion forum where people are accusing you of fraud, do not click on the link and log in! Falle-Internet.de wrote an article in which it says sellers who are outraged at the insinuations when they receive such scam emails fall for the trap and actually log in - to spoof sites.
Once the fraudsters have obtained the seller's account log-in information through this phishing scam, they can use it to send fake Second Chance Offers (SCOs) to the seller's bidders and defraud them and also send out phishing emails through the eBay messaging system. Falle-Internet.de claim that eBay's security features actually aid the fraudsters in some cases. For example, they say, a non-winning bidder can't contact the winning bidder to verify the Second Chance Offer.
Here's a link to the Falle-Internet.de report. (It's written in German, you can use Google language tools to translate the page to English).
German newspaper Spiegel wrote about the report and obtained a response from eBay spokesperson Alexander Witt. From reading the translated page, it appears Witt blames phishers and sellers' use of easy-to-guess passwords.
Witt says in the article eBay catches account takeovers in most cases before the users know the account has been hijacked. A Falle-Internet.de representative told AuctionBytes, "In our research we examined more than 1000 hijacked eBay accounts in two weeks, not a single one was found by eBays T&S team without our report."
Users in the U.S. are currently discussing the problem of hijacked accounts (TKO) on the eBay.com discussion boards.