What is an Ebay scam?

The tremendous popularity of eBay, the Internet auction website has made it a frequent target of scammers.  One of the more common scams that keeps occurring involves the receipt by the victim of an email purporting to be from PayPal informing you that there has been a computer problem and that you need to log on to your account to confirm your personal information in order to keep your eBay account operational.  The link provided in the email to connect you to PayPal’s website is an excellent example of phishing because although the website to which you go to if you click on the link looks like eBay, it is a phony website that exists merely to harvest your personal information if you provide it to the scammer.

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If you ever get such an email and you are tempted to respond, merely contact eBay independently rather than by clicking on the address provided in the email.