Scam Of The Week: Howdy Partener!

As Pink Floyd once said, things are not what they seem. Be alert and don't fall for the latest "Hi, I'm from eBay Customer Service" scam.

Read carefully. As I say in my current column, just because a message appears superficially to come from a particular vendor or person doesnt mean it does in fact come from them.

Thanks to the reader who send us an email that appeared to come from eBay customer service, announcing that (chuckle) "eBay & Hotmail are now parteners" (sic). The bad spelling is not required for this message to be read as an obvious fake, as it goes on to ask you to reset your eBay and Hotmail passwords in the HTML mail form.

Just in case you havent got the point yet, if you get this message dont enter your passwords. The information is not going to eBay or any of its parteners, but to some Web site on

PS - We attempted to report the incident Tripod by sending an email to The message was rejected because "the recipients mailbox is full".