EBAY fraud alert

From: Jerome H. Fine <jhfinexgs2_at_compsys.to>
Date: Mon Sep 1 09:00:13 2003

>"Zane H. Healy" wrote:

> > This is a rather common scam that has been going on for about a year or
> > so. It has spread to PayPal, and is one of the rationalizations that
> > ebay is using to force all users to change from email address IDs to an
> > alias. If Ebay is doing anything about these scams, they are keeping it
> > a secret.
> eBay is forcing users to change from an email address to an alias? This is
> the first I've heard about it. I know they won't let you get a new account
> and use your email address as they want to control peoples ability to reach
> you. I've not seen anything that says that I have to change mine to an
> alias. Personally I like that people are able to easily find my email
> address on eBay.

Jerome Fine replies:

I have a comment and a question!

I have an OLD e-mail address from an ISP that I cancelled 2 years ago.
It still seems to be active since I can send an e-mail to the address:
Jerome Fine <jhfine_at_idirect.com>
and it does not get rejected. I used that e-mail address with eBay when
I first signed up with eBay to request information and send in bids. Of
course, I can't pick up any e-mails that eBay sends, let alone the 30 spam
a day that I was receiving at the end, but my old e-mail address still seems
to be acting as a bit bucket since I just sent a test message to it.

AND as far as eBay is concerned, my user id is still <jhfine_at_idirect.com>
and I can still ask a question of a vendor by supplying:
user id: jhfine_at_idirect.com
password: xxxxxx
so, it must all still be working as far as eBay is concerned and eBay still
accepts and allows an OLD user ID with an _at_ character.

Question: As far as the OLD ISP is concerned, is there any way that
a user can at least pick up e-mails that are still sent to that old address
as long as the ISP is still accepting them?

Question: Is there anything as far as practice goes on the internet that
requires an ISP who accepts an e-mail (i.e. without rejecting it) to at
least forward that e-mail to the old original person even if that person
no longer has a paid for account?

Sincerely yours,

Jerome Fine
If you attempted to send a reply and the original e-mail
address has been discontinued due a high volume of junk
e-mail, then the semi-permanent e-mail address can be
obtained by replacing the four characters preceding the
'at' with the four digits of the current year.
Received on Mon Sep 01 2003 - 09:00:13 BST

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