I've had an eBay account for several years now, but have never sold anything until last week. However, I've noticed that I'm getting a number of messages, purportedly from eBay, I'm assuming due to the fact that I listed my e-mail address in my auctions.
These things are sneaky!
I can tell they're fake by a few clues ... typos are a giveaway ("During our regularly schedule account maintenance ..."), as are other logistical errors (congratulating me on a 98% approval rating when my actual rating is lower), and suspicious-looking URLs when you hover the cursor over a link (showing it leads to a numerical address instead of something at eBay.com).
But everything else in these messages look legit: the format, the phrasing, the presence of eBay logos and other trade dress in the body of the message, etc.
Anyone have any clues? I just use Yahoo! mail for my eBay account, and I don't know a lot about sender verification or how to tell if an otherwise 100% apparently legit message is phished or spoofed. I'd rather have a more foolproof verification method than relying on my mad copyediting skillz.
EDIT: I've read all of the eBay content on spoofing. I'm curious whether there is a way to tell, via Yahoo! mail, whether a sender address or included links are forged.