I believe it is EBays policy to duplicate every official email on their site. So if you get something that looks like it is from ebay, you should log into ebay and check to see if you have the same email in their 'My Messages' system. Needless to say you should log into ebay by going to www.ebay.com and not by clicking on the link in the email ;)

If you go to their Help secion #1 on the list is "How do I know that an email is really from eBay?"

"eBay will *never *ask you to provide account numbers, passwords or other sensitive information through email. If eBay does request information from you, a copy of that email will be in the My Messages box in My eBay. If you have any doubt that an email really is from eBay, open a new browser window, type www.ebay.com, and sign in. Any email that looks as if it is from eBay, mentions a problem with your account or requests personal information, and is not in My Messages in My eBay, is a spoof (fake) email."

   Sam Tetherow
   Sandhills Wireless

George Rogato wrote:

I just got an email from a customer of mine asking me if this was a legit email.

At first glance it appears to be a legit email, but I'm not familiar with eBay that much and this link: http://click3.ebay.com/306460395.64016.0.94684

turns into: http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/takeaction/?campaign_id=neutrality1

Here is the email she forwarded to me:

> *From:* Meg Whitman <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> *Sent:* Thursday, June 01, 2006 11:52 AM
> *Subject:* A Letter to 1941cathie from eBay CEO, Meg Whitman
> > > *eBay sent this message to xxxxxx ( xxxxxxx). *
> Your registered name is included to show this message originated from
> eBay. Learn more. <http://click3.ebay.com/306460395.64016.0.61836>
> > > *Net Neutrality and the eBay Community: A Call to Action*
> Dear xxxxxxx,
> As you know, I almost never reach out to you personally with a request
> to get involved in a debate in the U.S. Congress. However, today I feel
> I must.
> Right now, the telephone and cable companies in control of Internet
> access are trying to use their enormous political muscle to dramatically
> change the Internet. It might be hard to believe, but lawmakers in
> Washington are seriously debating whether consumers should be free to
> use the Internet as they want in the future.
> The phone and cable companies now control more than 95% of all Internet
> access. These large corporations are spending millions of dollars to
> promote legislation that would divide the Internet into a two-tiered system.
> The top tier would be a "Pay-to-Play" high-speed toll-road restricted to
> only the largest companies that can afford to pay high fees for
> preferential access to the Net.
> The bottom tier -- the slow lane -- would be what is left for everyone
> else. If the fast lane is the information "super-highway," the slow lane
> will operate more like a dirt road.
> Today's Internet is an incredible open marketplace for goods, services,
> information and ideas. We can't give that up. A two lane system will
> restrict innovation because start-ups and small companies -- the
> companies that can't afford the high fees -- will be unable to succeed,
> and we'll lose out on the jobs, creativity and inspiration that come
> with them.
> The power belongs with Internet users, not the big phone and cable
> companies. Let's use that power to send as many messages as possible to
> our elected officials in Washington. Please join me by clicking here
> <http://click3.ebay.com/306460395.64016.0.94684> right now to send a
> message to your representatives in Congress before it is too late. You
> can make the difference.
> Thank you for reading this note. I hope you'll make your voice heard today.
> Sincerely,
> Meg Whitman
> President and CEO
> eBay Inc.
> P.S. If you have any questions about this issue, please contact us at
> > Learn More <http://click3.ebay.com/306460395.64016.0.22085> to protect
> yourself from Spoof (fake) e-mails.
> eBay sent this e-mail to you because your Notification Preferences
> indicate that you want to receive information about Special Events &
> Promotions.
> eBay will not request personal data (password, credit card/bank numbers)
> in an e-mail.
> You are subscribed as [EMAIL PROTECTED], registered on eBay.
> If you do not wish to receive further communications, sign into "My
> eBay" by clicking on the
> "My eBay" link found at the top of the eBay home page and change your
> Notification Preferences.
> Please note that it may take up to 10 days to process your request.
> Visit our Privacy Policy
> <http://click3.ebay.com/306460395.64016.0.40453> and User Agreement
> <http://click3.ebay.com/306460395.64016.0.40451> if you have any questions.
> Copyright © 2006 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved.
> Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective
> owners.
> eBay and the eBay logo are trademarks of eBay Inc.
> eBay is located at 2145 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125.


  Sam Tetherow
  Sandhills Wireless

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