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Beware the latest email scam

Wanted to share the latest email scam. I don't know if/how soon this will make it to Etsy, but I wanted to give you all a heads up on it.
I received this email yesterday:

I was wondering if your item is still available for sale.I`m very interested to buy it.Please advice me where are you located(the exactly address) and also what payment option do you want for it. I hope to hear from you as soon as possible so we can go ahead with the transaction.

Thank you,
Respond to this question in My Messages."

Here is eBay's response from Safe Harbor:


You may have received a message attempting to solicit a transaction
outside of eBay or a message sent in an attempt to obtain your account
password or other sensitive information.
We recommend that you ignore all offers received through email that ask you to complete a transaction outside of eBay. Please make sure that you are the confirmed winning bidder on a listing before sending money to anyone and make certain that you are dealing with the actual seller and not someone else. eBay only recognizes the seller and the winning bidder that appear on the listing page at the end of the listing.

Do not use instant cash wire transfer services such as Western Union and
MoneyGram when paying someone you don't know and decline sending payment
in cases where these are the only methods of payment offered by the
seller. Generally, if payment is sent using an instant cash wire
transfer service and the item is not delivered as promised, no recourse
is available for recovering funds. More information on the benefits and
risks of individual payment methods can be found at:

More information on Spoof and Phishing emails:

Messages known as "spoof" or "phishing" emails are sent by third parties in an attempt to obtain your account password or other sensitive information such as credit card numbers. If you receive an email about your account that appears to be from eBay, check My Messages in My eBay.
If the same email is not in My Messages, it is fake. Do not respond to the sender.

To learn more, take the Spoof Tutorial at:

Additionally, you can help protect yourself from fake eBay and PayPal
Web sites by downloading the eBay Toolbar with Account Guard. The eBay
Toolbar with Account Guard is free and offers the following benefits:

1. An indicator that shows when you are on an eBay or PayPal Web site or
a known spoof (or "phishing") site.

2. Buttons to report fake eBay Web sites to us.

3. A password notification feature that warns you when you may be
entering your eBay password on an unverified site.

To learn more about the eBay Toolbar with Account Guard go to, and click on the "eBay Toolbar" link at the bottom of the


eBay SafeHarbor
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Inactive Etsy Member 7:34 am Apr 19, 2006 EDT
Thank you for the heads~up Willowglass. It's very important to be aware and be wary of these things.
Thanks Willowglass!!!!!
We sold a car on eBay and got a TON of these.

The other scam is "I really want to buy your product but was just deployed. I can send a USPS money order to cover shipping to [insert foreign country here]..." Riiiight.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Inactive Etsy Member 9:58 am Apr 19, 2006 EDT
I get, on average, 4 of these a week. I've stopped opening anything from an unknown party. The latest Spam-awful poetry, just a jumble of words! They just want you to reply so they can sell your email address as "verfied". Block them all!
Thank you for the warning, willowglass!
I had a suspicious message through my Etsy conversations last weekend: new buyer, no location listed, looking to buy bulk orders, wanting to communicate outside Etsy.... I told them the item they were interested in could probably not be duplicated (which is true) so I think they lost interest. Haven't heard back from them anyway.
And, yes, I did report it.

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