That right there makes me suspicious. The general rule is that if a
company with which you have a business relationship is contacting you,
they will use your name in the contact. Because, after all, they have
But scammers do not. Scammers send out a mass phishing email to
thousands if not millions of email addresses. They don't address their
potential victims by name because they don't have that information -
but by masquerading as a legitimate business contact, they're hoping
you'll hit their link and obligingly provide them with the information
Maybe the email is legit, but I would treat it with caution.
As would I, BUT...
As I observed, and as others have pointed out, the email DID have my
Ebay User name within the body, it was sent to my registered Ebay
address and NOWHERE in the email was there a link to click on to change
my password. Thus, it was about as dangerous as reading a warning
posted on Kim Komando's site or posts that there is a problem.
If you NEVER click on a link contained in this sort of email and merely
read the warning and take appropriate action by independently going to
the site and doing your thing, you'll have little, if anything, to worry
What slays me is an otherwise well designed phishing email that, when
you roll over the link, you'll see that it's something like:
...foxynuts.ru yet it purports to be an official email from either the
IRS or US Postal Service. Always good for chuckle before launching it
into the junk mail folder.
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