You gotta love eBay, especially for getting pricey stuff at a bargain. But thieves like it, too, because there are more than 155 million users to choose from. That's why you need to be careful about e-mails that seem to come from the company. Or all you may be buying is a hack attack. It's part of this week's Name that Scam.
Crooks are targeting eBay users with malicious e-mails. They claim there is a message waiting for you, but don't be fooled.
Look closely. The sender's e-mail address is not from eBay and if you hover your mouse over the link, you will see it doesn't take you to the company's site. In fact, the link shows it is a hack attack. Report e-mails like this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although there is no Microsoft Award, that doesn't stop crooks from sending fake e-mails claiming you've been randomly selected for a huge prize. Don't reply, thieves are just after your personal information or your money. If you see this one, hit delete. If you think you've been a victim, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
Finally, this elaborate and in depth e-mail claiming to be from the FBI is a big fake! It claims you have money waiting on you and you can either receive it by an ATM card or a check.
Cyber crooks are trying to fool you into paying hundreds of dollars to collect the cash. Please don't reply to this one. The FBI would never send an e-mail like this. Again, if you think you've been a victim, you can also report it to www.IC3.gov.