Received this gem of an email on this dreary, rainy morning. Normally my email client (Thunderbird) does a great job relegating junk like this to its proper place in the trash can, but this one slipped through:
The “click here” link is a URL the length of my arm and obviously not associated in any way, shape or form with eBay. I suspect clicking on it would lead you to a site that looks remarkably like an eBay page where I could “log on” and “change” my email address. At that point, Mr. Phisherman would have collected my real user name and password and be poised to wreck havoc with my eBay account.
I really wish these kinds of scams would cease and desist; but I suspect we’ll have to live with them forever. I assume people continue to fall for these things. If they didn’t, the dolts who propagate this crap would move on and find some other way to rip people off.
The ironic thing is the people that set up these phishing sites are pretty talented programmers. If they applied themselves to legitimate work, they’d be contributing members of society and make a decent living.
But then again, someone whose prevailing attitude revolves around taking advantage of others probably has no hope of ever functioning in society.
Words to the wise: be careful, assume everything is a scam, and hit the delete key frequently.
[tags]phishing, spam, eBay[/tags]