I've been on the phone with eBay's "Trust and Safety" department all morning.
I have been contacted by several of my bidders now, all forwarding me the fake "Second Chance Offer" emails. If you receive something that looks like an email from eBay that says "Second Chance Offer" it is fraudulent. Just look at the one(s) you received you will see that the email address at the bottom of the email is not mine (so far it has been a slew of fake hotmail addresses). The next step of the scam would be that they would try to get you to send $$ to them instead of me - and then they disappear with your money!
The real bidder already paid. There is no second chance offer. This is a fraudulent email, not through eBay (even though it looks like an eBay email). You can also tell because it does not show your real name at the top of the email, it just says your eBay ID or email address (It should say your full name on a real eBay email). Also you will notice these fake eBay emails do not appear in your "My Messages" box up at eBay.com .
For more info about how to determine if an apparent eBay email is real or fake, you might want to check out this link:
I can't believe that somebody is doing this - it is awful and is causing problems for my bidders (it actually tricked one of my customers!), and is breaking my heart!
I just got off the phone with the Trust & Safety department at eBay. They advised that if possible that you (if you could PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE) forward any fake Second Chance Offers to spoof@eBay.com - just use the forward option in your email to spoof@eBay.com .
I am so sorry about this - eBay says that this scam is very common unfortunately, and the only thing we can do is forward the fake emails to spoof@eBay.com
Please let me know if you have any additional questions! In the future also keep in mind - I don't use the Second Chance offer without contacting you directly (from my jasminetoad aol email address) first. So if you ever get anything like this again please let me know and also forward it to spoof@eBay.com (they will tell you if it's a real email or a scam!).