Watch your clicks!
Sat Dec 13 13:03:52 GMT 2003 Watch your clicks!
This warning shouldn't be necessary, but apparently it is.
You get email asking you to update your Ebay or Paypal account, or to download some new Microsoft security patch.
DON'T DO IT!
It's a little embarrassing to even say this, because this is so basic that nobody should be fooled by it, but apparently people are.
WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN ISN'T NECESSARILY WHERE THEY ARE SENDING YOU.
These people are trying to sucker you. Here's the raw text from a recent "Update your Ebay information" email:
</FONT><BR><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3>You are requested to visit our site by following the link given below </FONT><BR><A href=" http://ssl-encrypted3.netfirms.com/ebay-verify-account-57435-5645-3765/dirD llSSl856-4756-JkkLEbay-547864/newUseBay485-5754-575Hq35-56-SSL/cgi-bin/User Dllebay435-669996054-44/ebay-user-854394/Verify.htm"><FONT face="Times New Roman" color=#0000ff size=3><U>http://www.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?verification/%?7088080019</U></FONT></A><FONT face="Times New Roman" size=3> </FONT></DIV>
You see a link for http://www.ebay.com, but if you click it, you actually go to http://ssl-encrypted3.netfirms.com. What do you suppose you'd find there? It would look very official: in fact, one of the Microsoft scam sites looks so much like the real thing you could move around in it for quite a while - it's reported to be pretty big. But all of these sites have one purpose: to steal information from you or to put a trojan horse on your system to steal it later: passwords, credit card numbers, etc.
If you get email asking you to update anything, don't click on any links. Use your own fingers to go to Microsoft or Ebay or Paypal.
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