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