Recently I purchased in item for my Windows Media Centre which would allow me to expose SPDIF output so that I could feed it into a 5.1 sound system and get the full surround experience (note, I’m not an AV geek my any stretch). Anyway, I had trouble finding one from the motherboard manufacturer so I ended up purchasing one on eBay that looked like it would be compatible.
I’m probably what you would call an annoying eBay customer because I don’t use it often and I don’t really understand the etiquette around rating sellers in a certain time frame. Since I’ve been travelling (surprise surprise) I haven’t had the time to tear down the case and plug the component in so I’ve held back from rating the seller, although they did ship the component very quickly which I was impressed by.
Anyway – a few days ago I received an e-mail that looked like it was from eBay that said someone had started a dispute with me. Not thinking I clicked on the link expecting the seller to suggest that I hadn’t given any feedback. The page returned an error (no server).
I thought that was odd and decided that my mobile Internet connection must be flakey, sometimes it does that, but since I was busy I parked it and came back to it this morning. So here I am sitting in the foyer of the hotel on my wireless connection again and I click the link – same problem.
Then it dawned on me that an e-mail had made it past my usual spam filters and the site I was going to was a phishing scam – bastards! And I almost fell for it. I’m usually pretty careful but it just shows how effective a phishing scheme that is relevant to the activities of a particular user can be. I normally pick these things up because I’m not usually an eBay user, but this one time I clicked because I half expected some feedback.
You’ve gotta be so careful…