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A spate of emails inviting eBay customers to divulge usernames and passwords to a scam site reached epidemic proportions last week.

The emails invited the foolhardy to hand over confidential details to a site called change-eBay.com, Needless to say, this has no affiliation with the online auction site. change-eBay.com was acquired using a stolen credit card and has since been closed CNET reports.

In the scam, users are told that their file has been tampered with and are directed to the fraudulent site to "update your eBay billing file". It's unclear how many people were taken in.

change-eBay.com is the latest in a long line of similar (relatively unsophisticated) scams, which have also targeted PayPal (now part of eBay) and Hotmail users. It's unlikely to be the last although judging from our own emails and those sent in by readers it is one of the most prolific.

So, for the avoidance of any doubt: NEVER respond to emails requests for your credit card information or password. ®

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