A breach announced this week by eBay has affected approximately 145 million users. Reports indicate that hackers compromised eBay servers back in late February or early March.
According to eBay, compromised information includes encrypted passwords, customer names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. The company states that the breach did not compromise systems that contained client financial information. Despite the company's claim that financial or card data was not compromised, Dupaco recommends members with eBay accounts regularly review their account activity.
eBay users are being contacted via e-mail to change their log-in password, prompting concern over phishing sites -- fake sites that resemble eBay's website, set up by fraudsters to capture personal and/or financial information.
Fraud expert Todd Link of Dupaco recommends consumers avoid clicking on any links in any email associated with this eBay compromise. Instead, he recommends typing in the eBay website address and from there, they change their log-in credentials.
In addition, Link cautions consumers on responding to phone calls or letters claiming to be from eBay, as these solicitations could also be fraudulent.
By Dupaco Staff