Identity verification to go live in Australia

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  Following yesterday’s US announcement eBay will also monitor which PC eBay users normally log in to in Australia.

  There is one difference in the – if sellers list from any PC other than their usual machine eBay may make verification phone call. In the US the announcement states that eBay will make a call.

Again the advice given is to register a mobile phone number on eBay so that verification calls can reach you when away from home.

It looks like eBay’s new policy of checking on your PC could roll worldwide, the only question is will it be immediate or at some point in the future?

5 Responses

  1. It’s the most bizarre thing have done this year, so far 😆

    Surely if you hack someones account you would just change the phone details to your own? verification calls are not normally carried out by people its just a case of the machine acknowledging the receiver has been picked up.

    I am obviously missing the point about hackers and what they do with a hacked accounts, why would a hacker list items ? surely you just open your own account? Can someone explain.

  2. Hacker use someone else’s account with good feedback history then list loads of expensive items, usually with email me on xxxxx in the listing, then persuade people to send them payment for the non existent items.

    If they set up their own accounts people would be less likely to trust them with no feedback and if they did post load of expensive stuff straight away their auctions would be quickly pulled by ebay.

  3. I wonder what has prompted all of this “security” now? How often does this really happen, is it really one of the top issues that eBay need to resolve?


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