Phun with phishers

Rob Hof

I just got yet another one of those e-mails that asks me to verify my eBay account. It's bogus, of course. Anti-phishing experts rightly tell you not to respond at all, but lately I've been having fun with them. You can, too. ...

I click onto the fake eBay Web site, and when it asks me to fill in my name, I obligingly write Mr. Buzz Off. (Well, actually, I'm considerably more graphic than that, but this is a family blog.) My address? 123 Up Yours Lane, Take-a-Hike, CA. My credit card number? Sixteen gloriously random numbers. And so on.

Oh, I know, it's pretty juvenile, and I'm under no illusions that this will discourage them. But if I can annoy these jokers for a nanosecond, it's a good day in cyberspace. Go ahead, join the fun here with your own undeleted expletives. Come to think of it, it might be even more annoying to them to make up plausible names and account numbers, but I don't have the patience.

Oh, and if you want to know the official way to avoid fraud, check out eBay's advice, as well as ours.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.