E-mail From eBay?

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I was suspicious of this e-mail as soon as I read the subject:

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Date: 7/30/2003 5:35:26 AM

To: mwproductions@hawaii.com

From: “eBay Customer Support”

Subject: Change password

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Dear eBay user,

As stated in the User Agreement, Section 5.1, we may request you to change you password. Because of security reasons and for your saftey, please understand the situation and be so kind to change your password. Please acces the following link to change your password :

[URL]http://cgi5.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?RegisterShow[/URL]

We thank you for your cooperation.

Respectfully,

Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department)

eBay Inc

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In fact, most companies have policies =against= this. So I visited eBay and headed right for the User Agreement. I scrolled down to section 5.1 and found the following:

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5. Listing and Selling.

5.1 Listing Description. You must be legally able to sell the item(s) you list for sale on the Site. You must describe your item and all terms of sale on the listing page of the Site. Your listings may only include text descriptions, graphics, pictures and other content relevant to the sale of that item. All listed items must be listed in an appropriate category. All items in multiple item listings must be identical.

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I did a search for the word “password” in the UA, and it doesn’t appear once. So where does that link in the e-mail really go? The URL it linked to was http://xxxx6666.psend.com/index.php and when I tried to go there to see what it was, the page couldn’t be found.

A noteworthy attempt, but a failed one.

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