advice please - someone knows when I log into eBay

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mick01
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advice please - someone knows when I log into eBay
19 Nov 2007
Can someone please tell me if there is any software out there that will let me know if someone logs into there auction account.
I have someone who knows exactly when I log into ebay and I would like to know how he does it.
I haven't logged into this account for close on 6 months and within 20 minutes of logging back into it I had him messaging me. He had not sent a message at any time in the last 6 months. This same person had done the same thing to me previously. It is my assumption that they know when I log into my ebay account. To my knowledge this person does not know about my other auction usernames.

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Andy
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Re: advice please - someone knows when I log into eBay
26 Nov 2007
Hi Mick, and welcome

I don't think there is any legal way of him knowing this, unless he works for eBay!

I don't mean to alarm you, but the only way I can think of doing this is if your machine is infected with spyware which is tracking what you do. It seems unlikely that someone you traded with on eBay would be able to plant spyware on your machine.

Could it be coincidence?
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mick01
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Re: advice please - someone knows when I log into eBay
2 Dec 2007
hi thanks for replying
I don't think it is coincidence. This particular site has quite a high rating for a small time seller (over 600) but I don't sell from it any more. 18 months ago I stopped selling there and went away for 6 months. After logging back into this site within 5 minutes I has a message from him. This time I logged in again after 8 months or so break and the same thing, within 5 minutes another email. There are no messages in my messages so they aren't getting sent systematically.
I have all the software to tell if my auctions are going to be sniped and how the buyers are finding my auctions etc. so I thought there might be some software easily available that can do what I think is happening
Infection might be a possibility but since then I have done a complete reinstall of xp (for another matter) so I would imagine that any nasties would bave gone with the old xp?
I have a few other ebay sites and haven't seen this character at any of these.
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nochkin
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Re: advice please - someone knows when I log into eBay
31 Dec 2007

mick01 wrote:

hi thanks for replying
I don't think it is coincidence. This particular site has quite a high rating for a small time seller (over 600) but I don't sell from it any more.
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I have a few other ebay sites and haven't seen this character at any of these.
Are you talking about eBay or some other auction site.
eBay does not have any legal ways how Andy pointed. If this is some other site then maybe they has a way.

As far as your XP re-installation... If you don't have antivirus/antispyware software then clean XP will get infected really quickly once you are on internet.

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