A new hoax email is doing the rounds phishing for user names and passwords. Normally we’d ignore these but this one has an amusing twist and shows the hackers have a sense of humour.
The email states that eBay has decided to close because of “repeated abuses on our company”. It then invites you to vote, asking if you agree or disagree with the decision. It goes on to say that if 50 per cent or more or respondents want eBay to remain open, it will. From then on it’s the normal link to a phishing site which looks like eBay but is a attempt to convince you to enter your eBay user name and password in order to vote.
You have to question how many people would be gullible enough to think eBay would poll users on a decision such as shutting the site down, but doubtless they’ll try to vote anyway. We expect eBay to get the phishing site closed down pronto and to update the eBay toolbar to warn users they’re not on the eBay site.