Good for you that you caught it quickly. No matter how official those e-mails looks, I double-delete them, sometimes without even opening them.
There have been a lot of them coming out lately, both for Paypal and Ebay. I'm getting one or two a day. A lot of different variations on the theme, including one where a seller at an auction is trying to contact you. Be very suspicious of anything with an ebay or Paypal address, virtually all of them are phishing.
All good advice and accurate advice. As regards Ebay, one simple technique if you get a phishing email is to simply go to your ebay account view your messages. If the message is not there, it did NOT come from Ebay.
If you are concerned, then simply contact ebay or whoever directly regarding the message. A useful address for forwarding the message is firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Bgrazman is right. NEVER Click on the links. BUT you can move your mouse over the link (again WITHOUT Clicking) and you will see at the lower left of your browser screen (Internet Explorer) what the link Really points to. Mine have usually been someones personal site in Germany. One even was an AOL user! How lame...
Tonight (12/16) I just got a eBay phish attempt that shows how desperate these folks are to do their evil deeds. Some are so stupid like this one it would be laughable if they werent trying to, for example, give me a virus/trojan horse.
What this one said was something like this:
"I'ts been 2 months since I paid you for the item and I am loosing(sic) patience. Send the item now or I will call the police and contact eBay"
Sounds serious. Except for one *small* problem......
I HAVE NEVER SOLD ANYTHING ON EBAY MYSELF!!!!!!!!!!!
...file under "Dumb Crooks"......