The eBay logo has gone on a low-carbohydrate diet, slimming down to a near-anorexic new look in the first logo redesign in 17 years.
The new logo went live on Wednesday last week.
As of Monday, some scammers had already updated their phishing campaigns to reflect the new look, according to GFI Labs.
But then again, some had not, retaining the chubby letters and gravitationally confused, baseline-arbitrary logo that typifies the old graphic.
As GFI points out, scammers will pick up on the new logo in short order.
But at least for a brief window of time, use of the old logo gives us a means of instantly spotting an eBay scam.
eBay itself lists these other tips for spotting a scam:
- Warning Sign #1: eBay will never send you an email requesting your personal information.
- Warning Sign #2: Often this email will be sent to an email Address that is not the same one that eBay has on file.
- Warning Sign #3: Forged Headers (From Address). eBay says it’s hard to detect forged headers without internet knowledge, but I don’t think that applies to many Naked Security readers, to whom I’d suggest checking out a guide such as this one by Wendy Grossman, posted as a Gizmo Tech Support Alert. (PDF)
- Warning Sign #4: The Greeting would say something like Dear eBay User or eBay Member. Realistically, eBay knows who you are, so they would typically use the name you registered with.
- Warning Sign #5: The threat. The email will threaten to suspend your account if you don’t take immediate action.
- Warning Sign #6: A Non Secure Page. If you click on the link in the email you will not be on a secure webpage, no https in the URL and no little padlock in the lower left or right hand corner of your browser!
- Warning Sign #7: Bad Grammar or Misspelled words in the email.
Don’t fall for any of those long-established scams, and, of course, keep an eye out for the new warning sign: plump logo letters.