|Sun Mar 29 2009 13:50:55|
Scammer Sends Virus to eBay Sellers
By: Ina Steiner
An eBay Gold PowerSeller said someone who had purchased one of her items sent her an email with a link to a virus in response to the invoice she sent him. Luckily her virus protection software warned her not to open the link.
"When I realized what it was, I immediately contacted ebay, however despite two e-mails to ebay via the Gold PowerSeller priority e-mail , a call to the Gold PowerSeller phone line and two communications to inform the agents at live chat, it appears that ebay has done nothing about this, as the buyer is still registered on ebay."
She said the same buyer purchased at least ten other items the same day. She contacted the other sellers to warn them, and said she heard back from four of them that he had sent them the same email with the virus link.
"At least two of the other sellers also contacted ebay about this buyer. I attempted to post a warning on the PowerSeller discussion board, but ebay removed it (they sent an explanation for removing it, something about running "java script", but I could not comprehend how the explanation had had any connection to my posted warning)."
Here's a copy of the email the seller said the buyer had sent her:
I want to purchase this item as a birthday present for a family member. I think it's the style they are looking for but I'm not 100% sure. Can you open up the pic in the link and confirm? Please get back to me asap so I can know If I'll go through with the purchase or not. Here's the link (link removed by AuctionBytes).
A Note about Conficker & April Fool's Day
Another AuctionBytes reader asked me to remind readers about the April 1st Conficker virus. This PC World magazine article, "Search for Conficker Could Lure Virus," has one way you can test to see if you might have it, and a warning about spoof sites that pretend to have information to help you, but will actually infect your computer with the virus. As always, be careful out there!