Just a heads up: I almost fell for this one, but fortunately
my tendency to procrastinate saved me!
I recently received an email purporting to be from Ebay billing,
which began "We at eBay are sorry to inform you that we are
having problems with the billing information of your account."
The bottom line is they wanted me to follow a link to a place
on ebaybilling.net where I could ostensibly "update" my billing
information. It's a scam, however, dating back to December 2002
at least, and has nothing to do with Ebay. See:
Ebay has no billing information about individual buyers --
they do collect information from sellers, because that's how
Ebay makes their money.
In any case, I followed the link, and was going to provide my
info, but then got distracted and put it off several times. I
finally went back there today, and found that the "billing"
site was down. I then did a quick Google on the sentence I
cite above, and a whole bunch of hits were returned about the
scam. Pretty scary.
It just goes to show how wary you need to be. I consider
myself to be pretty experienced in terms of Internet stuff,
but I let my guard down and almost got nailed. I suppose one
big lesson that comes from this to *not* follow the links
embedded in emails unless you know for sure it's a site you
know and want. Better to go to the known site directory and
start from there. Also, if you do follow a link from an
email, double-check the address bar once you get there to
make sure you weren't inadvertently redirected.
It also goes to show that it pays to procrastinate!