Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Aquaria Off-Topic

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 02-01-2005, 06:33 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Raleigh NC
Posts: 874
Send a message via AIM to flipz
REAL: Ebay TKO Notice - Password reset - NOT SPAM!

I, like many of you (as we've had this discussion before) have gotten those fake emails from "ebay" that say your password was reset or the account is cancelled or whatever it is and click on this link to re-enter your info. It then takes you to a page that looks identical to ebay, and tricks you into entering your info.

Anyways I receive these at least once a week, and of course have always deleted them. I've never even come close to believing it was real. They are generally filled with typo's, and I always pay attention to what URL I'm going to. Call it OCD or something. haha.

So today I got one, and I was planning on deleting it, except that I noticed it didn't go to my spam folder like they normally do. So I opened it and read it, and it was a REAL one! Saying that my password may have been compromised. What the hell?? I read and re-read it a million times because I noticed there were no links or anything in it, just told me to go to go to ebay.com (no link) and go to the site map and follow the instructions for a lost password.

To check if it was real, I went to ebay.com and tried to login, and sure enough it said my password was wrong. I couldn't believe it.

Has anyone else ever gotten a REAL one??? Should I be worried that my ebay account (which contains a lot of personal info!) may have been compromised? What even makes them send out this email? Did they get hacked or something?

I've put the letter below!


SUBJECT: TKO NOTICE: A28 eBay Password Reset - Follow Instructions Immediately

Dear products-4-less,

In order to protect the security of your eBay account, we have reset your password and secret question. This action was taken because your password may have been compromised. Sometimes this happens when members respond to an email asking for personal information. Although those emails appear to come from eBay, they are really sent by people attempting to gain access to your account. We appreciate your cooperation in working with us to protect your account by taking the following steps.

Since your password was reset, you will need to create a new password by following the instructions provided below. Until you complete this process, you will not be able to bid on or list an item.

1. Click on the "site map" link at the top of most eBay pages.
2. Click on the "I forgot my password" link located in the middle column under the “Services” heading.
3. Once you have reached the ‘Forgot Your Password?’ page enter your User ID in the provided box and click on the ‘Continue >’ button.
4. On the next page you will be asked to answer the Secret Question that you created at the time of registration OR provide one of three pieces of contact information from your eBay account. Since we have reset your Secret Question along with your password you will not have the correct answer to your secret question. Please proceed by supplying one of the three pieces of contact information requested then clicking the ‘Continue >’ button.
5. An email with the subject line ‘Forgotten Password’ will then be sent to the email addressed you have tied to your eBay account. Please log into your email account and click on the link supplied to you in the email that we have sent.
6. Once you arrive at that link you will be prompted to enter your User ID one more time, then enter and reenter your new password.

IMPORTANT: In addition to changing the password on your eBay account, please change the password on your personal EMAIL account. If your old eBay password was also the password for any other online account you use (PayPal, etc.), we recommend that you immediately change those passwords as well. To maintain password security, each one of your online accounts should have a different password. Even a slight difference (one letter or number) offers substantial protection.

SELLERS: After creating your new password on eBay you will need to update the eBay password that is stored within any auction/listing software that you may use to list your items, relist your items, or add information to your listings. Taking this step will ensure that your current and future listings run without interruption.

Taking these steps will ensure you are the only one that has access to your account. Also, please remember the following guidelines when it comes to password security:

1. Make sure your password is difficult to guess, and uses a combination of letters and numbers.

2. Don't use the same password on eBay that you use on your email account, or on other Web sites.

To learn more about protecting your eBay account, please visit eBay’s Security Center by clicking on the ‘Safe Trading Tips’ link at the bottom of any eBay page. The Security Center contains information about protecting yourself from Spoof (fake) emails, buying safely, selling safely and many other important eBay safety issues.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in this matter.


Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department)
eBay Inc

Come join the Ohio forum on AA!
flipz is offline  
Old 02-01-2005, 08:22 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Washington
Posts: 4,168
do you report all those fake ones to ebay? I think this only happened to us once and we did something to report it to ebay. I hope that someone didn't get into you account.
That is kinda scary.

Meredith is offline  
Old 02-01-2005, 11:22 PM   #3
God of primitive fishes
Toirtis's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,163
Send a message via MSN to Toirtis Send a message via Yahoo to Toirtis
Be very careful....there are a number of new (last 6 weeks) phishing scams that take you to the apparent real site and are exceptionally convincing...there has been a fair bit of news on them (including an eBay one) that have fooled a huge number of people.
G. A. Christian Bilou, Herpetologist
Founder/Director, Reptile Rescue Alberta
Past-President, Calgary Aquarium Society
Toirtis is offline  
Old 02-01-2005, 11:48 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Raleigh NC
Posts: 874
Send a message via AIM to flipz
Yea, I know all about the fake ones. I am majoring in computer networking in college with a minor in security... i know all the tricks.

However this one was REAL because it did NOT contain any links in the email at all, and the fact that I tried logging in to my ebay account and it told me the password had been reset. So it really was something ebay did.

No I have not reported any of them, because they just go to my spam folder. However I just realized in the shower how it may have happened. I'm wondering if maybe someone reported an email they got, and it's one that I got too (as in my name was in the Cc) so ebay automatically just reset my password just incase I was stupid enough to actually do what the email says.

Well regardless I'm just going to hope everything is ok. I can't believe no one else here has gotten a real one of these though. The thing is it's nearly identical to the fake ones from "ebay" so I know something on ebay triggers them because obviously someone else has gotten them, because they copied them!

Come join the Ohio forum on AA!
flipz is offline  
Old 02-02-2005, 01:07 AM   #5
Moderator Emeritus
Menagerie's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 13,232
I have had school passwords figured out by the IT computer and had to reset them. So annoying

Menagerie is offline  
Closed Thread

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I need a reset button! TKEON230 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 23 01-17-2007 08:18 AM
change password? svengalie1 Forum Admin & Announcements 1 09-21-2006 08:30 AM
How do you change your password on AA? electrikat Forum Admin & Announcements 3 02-04-2005 05:33 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.