BILLING SCAMS ON INCREASE ON THE INTERNET
Fraudulent billing scams, facilitated by spamming, are clearly on the rise. We have noticed a significant increase in fraudulent bills in recent months.
Fraudulent billing scams are an old and established fraud, but the new scams have a very different intention that the older more traditional frauds. Traditional billing frauds often relied upon the recipient assuming that the bill was valid and then paying it. The amounts were often low, and both individuals and even large corporations would often pay rather than take the time and energy to confirm the amount owed.
These new on-line billing frauds have a more sinister intent. They are after your identity profile which allows the criminals to commit dozens of crime against you, including looting of all you financial resources including bank accounts, engaging in financial transactions in your name, money laundering, and other serious crimes.
For example here is a criminal email received by this office in recent days. We are not members of Ebay, and our Chief Financial Officer who previously worked with Ebay views these billing statements with both alarm and disgust. The name server to which the View Invoice link is connected is not a registered site. The site is probably in Asia or Eastern Europe – far beyond the reach of US law.
Your monthly eBay Invoice is now available for online viewing.Invoice Date: Jan 26, 2007Amount Due: $47.34
You can review your current Invoice details and Account Status at any time by clicking this link:VIEW INVOICE
For future reference, you can access your invoice by following these steps:
Go to the eBay Home page.
Click My eBay at the top of the page, and sign in with your eBay User ID and password.
Click the "Seller Account" link (below My Account in the left navigation menu).
Click the "Invoice" link.
2007 eBay, Inc.