"eBay Email Scam" removal guide
What is "eBay Email Scam"?
"eBay Email Scam" is a deceptive email claiming that recipients' eBay accounts may have been compromised and used without their permission. The message contains a link, which supposedly provides instructions detailing how to secure the account. In fact, clicking it leads to a phishing website designed to steal visitors' eBay account credentials (email/username and password). This email is a scam and has no relation to the eBay e-commerce corporation, and neither have users' accounts been misused.
Allegedly, this is an email from eBay support. The message claims that there is reason to believe that recipients' eBay accounts have been used without their permission/knowledge. The scam "reassures" users that any fraudulent/unauthorized activity has been stopped. Therefore, all purchases and/or sales have been canceled, as have all fees and payments. The email states that all removed listings are detailed at the bottom of the message, likely implying that they have been compiled into the attached text file (which is empty). Additionally, recipients are informed that their financial details (e.g. bank accounts, credit cards) are safe. To secure the account, users are instructed to log-in to verify and/or update contact, payment and other information. The message ends with a link to a website, which lists detailed instructions. All claims made in this email are false, and this also applies to the site, which is an imitation of the official eBay log-in/sign-up page. Any eBay account credentials entered into this fake web page are stolen by the cyber criminals behind this scam. Consequently, the corresponding account is stolen and then misused by the scammers. It can be used for online purchases and similar misuse, depending on the exact information accessible through the account. If users have already tried logging-in via this fraudulent site, they are strongly advised to immediately change their password through the legitimate eBay website and contact official support.
|Name||eBay Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.|
|Fake Claim||Email claims that recipients' eBay accounts have been used without their permission.|
|Disguise||Email is disguised as an alert from eBay support.|
|Symptoms||Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the computer.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Scam emails are common and are usually presented as "official", "important", "urgent", priority", etc. "TOYOTA LOTTERY ORGANIZATION", "Cyber attack from Iran Government", and "You will find a trojan" are a few examples of other deceptive message. They can serve various purposes, such as stealing recipients' private information (e.g. account credentials, personal details, banking information), tricking them into making monetary transactions (e.g. fake purchases, fees, payments, fines) or to download/install untrustworthy or malicious content (e.g. trojans, ransomware and other malware). There is a wide range of email scam models, furthered by the use of social engineering and scare-tactics. You are urged to exercise caution with opening and trusting emails, especially those received from unknown or suspicious senders.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
How to avoid installation of malware
Dubious and/or irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially those received from suspicious/unknown senders (addresses). Any attachments or links contained in these messages must never be opened. If the attached/linked file is dangerous, opening it will trigger an infection. The links can open phishing and/or malicious sites. If you receive a significant volume of emails, regularly run system scans to ensure that no untrustworthy or malicious content has been infiltrated into the device through them. You are advised to use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010. Newer versions have "Protected View" mode, which prevents malicious macros from beginning malware installation when an infectious document is opened. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the "eBay Email Scam" message:
Subject: Important: We have reason to believe that your eBay account has been used fraudulently without your permission.
Account ID: 0073621101
We have reason to believe that your eBay account has been used fraudulently without your permission. In addition, any unauthorized activity, such as buying or selling, has been canceled and any associated fees have been credited to your account. Any listings that we removed are included toward the end of this email. We assure you that your financial information is securely stored on a server and cannot be seen by anyone.
To secure your eBay account, you need to:
1 - Login to your account.
2 - Verify the contact information.
3 - Update your payment informations and other stored information on your eBay account is correct.
For detailed instructions, please visit: -
Screenshot of the fake eBay website, designed to steal visitors' eBay account credentials:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is "eBay Email Scam"?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of possible malware infections.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.