The Amazon Scam Is Alive And Kicking

Christmas might be over but the Amazon scam is still going strong!

Amazon scam receipts are still appearing in people’s email accounts designed to trick you by looking like there is a genuine issue.

A friend of mine received one the other day and suggested it’s something I should be letting you all know about, so let’s warm up the Bullshizzle Filtration System.

How does the Amazon scam work?

You’ll receive a genuine looking invoice in your email account, only there is nothing genuine about it whatsoever.

It is designed to make you believe there is something dodgy going on in your Amazon account.

There is a link within the email for you to click on and get in touch if you believe there has been a mistake made.

You ‘ll be taken to the arse end of the internet and you’ll be prompted to enter you Amazon log-in details on a very convincing copy of the genuine Amazon web page.

Ta-da!

They’re into your account and they have access to all your card details.

How do you know if your email is a scam?

Here a few things you should look out for which give the game away:

Expensive orders

This is the biggest give away.

Designed to panic you into thinking something untoward has been going on in your account.

The bigger the order, the greater the panic and the higher the likelihood you will  click on the link and submit your bank details.

An issue with your order

The email may try to convince you there has been an issue with ‘your recent order’. 

If you’ve placed an order recently it may make you think there is a genuine issue, if not, it can lead you to believe you’ve been the victim of cyber theft.

Either way, it is designed to create panic and get you to click on the link within the email to resolve’ the issue.

It will prompt you to enter your bank details to verify your account.

How can I verify a genuine Amazon email?

Genuine Amazon emails come from email addresses ending in ‘@amzon.com’, ‘@amazon.lu’ or ‘@amazon.co.uk’ .

Some phishing emails look like they will take you through to your seller account, in reality it is a shortened link to a fake website.

Hover over the link in your email client, sometimes the true identity of the false web address will appear either as a pop-up or as information in the browser status bar.

Final word

The reason why the scammers target companies such as Amazon and Apple is for their gigantic global reach.

They are both companies we have all heard of and more likely to have used.

Randomly sending out a raft of emails gives the scammers good odds of finding a genuine customer, and in the Amazon case, someone who is waiting for an order.

The best way to make sure an email you have received is genuine, is to go directly to your account via the Amazon website and check for yourself.

If there have been any issues, you’ll find details of them all in there.

Stay vigilant!

Do you know anyone who has been caught out by the Amazon scam?

Thinking Thrifty

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David Jack Taylor is the founder and editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. An award winning personal finance and lifestyle blogger, he shows how it is possible to live extremely well for less.
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5 thoughts on “The Amazon Scam Is Alive And Kicking

  1. I got one of these this week. It nearly fooled me as many years ago someone used my credit card to buy a computer which got sent to an address in the north.

    I thought this ‘notification of my order’ was something similar. I looked at it, thought eek, here we go again. Then thought, hang on a minute, and went to my account using the proper address, and of course, everything was fine.

    Could have been very different and I would have been left feeling a mug
    Thrifty Lesley recently posted…Bugs, diets (again!) bargain mangoes and booksMy Profile

    1. That’s what they prey on Lesley, thank goodness you checked first! The problem is, a lot of the time the scammers are smarter than the people trying to stop them.

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