I like Ebay, and I’m willing to be pretty forgiving when it comes to their occasional fuckups. But HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO SEND THEM MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER? I swear, this is the third time so far this year that I’ve sent all my bank information, but they just keep writing

I like the little image of the uniformed cop this time. That was a nice touch.

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  1. Posted March 27, 2005 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    caveat emptor!

    seriously, if it weren’t for fauxeBay spam, my inbox would be a lonely, empty place.

    the most insidious ones i get are formatted exactly like a standard ‘message from member’ communication form, with the user’s message being something like “I paid for this, when did you ship it?”, and then (like on the real form) there is a link to respond to the question, at which point you get directed to a mock-up of the standard ebay user/password entry screen.

    the insidiousness is that plenty of REAL ebay users DO write their sellers and just ask something like “Where’s the Book?”, without explaining what auction they’re even referring to.

  2. mark
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    They seem to be getting more and more intricate and well-done every day. I can’t imagine how sophisticated they’ll be in another decade or two.

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