Fraudulent emails purporting to be from eBay are currently hitting inboxes. The emails falsely claim that an order you made on eBay has been canceled successfully. The messages contain a summary of the “cancelled order” and include an order number that you can click to get further details.
But, in fact, clicking the link opens a spam website that sells decidedly dodgy health products of various kinds.
These types of spam campaigns are very common. So, at least some people who receive such spam emails must actually linger on the spam websites and buy its products. Spammers would not bother using this tactic if it didn’t work.
If you are suspicious of an email that purports to be from eBay, log in to your account and check your messages. If the email is genuine, it will appear in the “Messages” section of your account. You can report suspicious eBay emails via the reporting address listed on the company’s website.
Fake order and invoice emails like these are also used to distribute malware or trick people into divulging their personal information on phishing websites.
An example of the spam email:
Subject: eBay – Your Cancellation (164-948-726)
Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here’s a summary of your order:
You just canceled order 164-948-726 placed on May 31, 2017.
1 “Yields”; 2003, Deluxe Edition
By: Steve Campbel
Sold by: eBay
Thank you for visiting eBay
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