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Fraudsters hijack Currys PC World's eBay, over 600 customers scammed

Thursday 31 October 2019 11:09 CET | News

Fraudsters have hijacked Currys PC World’s eBay account and have stolen thousands of pounds from Currys PC World customers.

Criminals were able to change payment details on several eBay listings, enabling them to siphon money from unwitting customers who paid for goods via a PayPal account. PayPal enables customers to send and receive money via an email address. The fraudsters used an email address that looked almost identical to Currys PC World's real account.

After accessing the retailer's eBay account, they replaced the real email on listings with a fake one. Shoppers who thought they were paying Currys PC World for their goods were instead sending money to the fraudsters, according to BBC.

The attack happened on the weekend of October 19-20, 2019, affected around 600 customers, and potentially cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Currys PC World representatives expressed disappointment on what happened and they plan to work with eBay to investigate the matter. Currys PC World, eBay and PayPal said all affected customers would be refunded.
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Keywords: Currys PC World, eBay account, fraudsters, scam, fraud prevention, PayPal, merchants, online security
Categories: Securing Transactions | Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud
Countries: United Kingdom
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