I just received this obviously very fake Ebay email. The link goes to a Russian domain (.ru) and is a variant of ebay.***.ru It is clearly not from Ebay. Also they left my name out where all Ebay messages nowadays state your real name at the start of the message.
Here is the message I received. I italicized it so you can see it better (it didn’t originally come in italics):
eBay sent this message to you !
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay. Learn more.
MC054 Listing policy violation alert: Direct Sales (496305156)
Dear eBay Buyer,
We’re contacting you about the following item:
This listing didn’t follow the guidelines in our policy. We haven’t removed it, but we wanted to let you know about the problem because future violations could result in listing removal and limits to your selling privileges. Please use the information below to edit your listings so they follow our policy:
You include this in your listing, “Just to clarify. This item is not actually up for bidding thru eBay. Do not “bid” on this item.Contact me and I will try to get back to you asap” which invites members to buy on a direct off-site transaction.
Please be advised that we do not encourage sellers to advertise their own off-eBay businesses in their listings, nor are they permitted to list an item on the site and seek to sell it, or more quantities of it, off eBay. The eBay listing page is to be used to sell items through the eBay site.
You may revise your listing provided that you will not offer an off-eBay transaction.
Offering buyers the opportunity to buy an item or service outside of eBay is considered a way of avoiding eBay fees, and is not fair to sellers who pay them. For this reason, it isn’t allowed.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but our policies help keep eBay safer for everyone. Thanks for your understanding.
Apparently these hackers, phishers, scammers and more are still at it out there. Be careful and my advice is never respond to an eBay message in your email. Anything eBay sends to you can be found in your user account under communications. Just look there and you will be fine because these phishers can’t get into the ebay site and your account.