Scam of the day – December 14, 2016 – Amazon phishing email

A phishing email that appears to be from Amazon is presently circulating and luring unsuspecting victims into providing personal information that results in identity theft.  A copy is reproduced below.

The email looks legitimate and with so many people shopping online through Amazon it is likely to trick many people into thinking it is legitimate.  As with many phishing emails, it falsely indicates that there is a problem that requires your immediate attention.  In this case it is a shipping problem that requires you to resubmit your information including your credit card information.  If you do so you will end up becoming a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

If you receive such an email and have any concern that it may be legitimate, you should contact Amazon by phone or online at a telephone number that you know is correct or at its website.  Do not click on links in such emails or text messages to establish contact with Amazon. Doing so will only put you in touch with the scammers.  Also, be careful when you call Amazon because scammers sometimes obtain telephone numbers that are only a digit off from the real telephone number to catch unsuspecting victims who call the wrong number by mistake.

Scam of the day – October 31, 2016 – Amazon phishing email

A new phishing email is presently being circulated that attempts to lure you into clicking on links and provide personal information that can be used to make you a victim of identity theft.  Alternatively, merely by clicking on the links in some phishing emails, you may unwittingly download malware that will steal personal information from your computer or other device and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.  Even if you have the most updated versions of security software protecting your computer, laptop or smartphone you may not be protected from zero day exploits which is the name for the latest malware targeting vulnerabilities that have not yet been protected against by your security software.  It generally takes up to a month for the security software companies to provide patches for the latest strains of malware.

TIPS

In regard to this particular phishing email, there are a number of telltale signs that indicate that it is a scam.  Although the graphics are excellent, the email is not directed to you personally, but rather uses the generic salutation of “Dear Amazon.com Customer.”  In addition, there are numerous grammatical errors that could be attributable to the scammer possibly not having English as his or her primary language.  Also, the email address from which the email was sent was not from Amazon, but from an unrelated individual.  Most likely the email address used was that of another victim whose computer was hijacked and used as a part of a botnet to spread the phishing emails.  Of course, the best course of action is to never click on links or provide information in response to emails or text messages unless you have absolutely confirmed that the request is legitimate.  In this case, a quick telephone call to Amazon would have resulted in your quickly learning that the email was a scam.