Shopping on Amazon is extremely popular both with consumers and scammers seeking to exploit Amazon’s popularity.  I have warned you many times over the years about scammers who send various types of phishing emails which purport to be from Amazon attempting to lure you into either clicking on links which can download malware, such as ransomware or providing personal information that can be used to make you a victim of identity theft.

The latest Amazon phishing scam starts with an email that appears to come from Amazon informing you that there is a problem with your account and you need to verify your account. You are then directed to an Amazon log-in page where you are instructed to enter your user name and password. The log-in page looks legitimate, but it is not. It is a scam and if you provide this information, you will quickly find that items are fraudulently purchased using your account.

Here is a copy of the email sent to me by a Scamicide reader.

Dear ************@comcast.net

We have lοcĸed your account because our service detected two unauthorized devices From Philippines. Our service has protected your account from someone who accessed your account from another devices and location.

Before someone can change your account information or order some item with your credit / debit card bill. For your security , We have verify your account.

***********

Thank you for your concern.

Sincerely,

Services Team

TIPS

There are a number of indications that phishing emails are not legitimate emails from Amazon, but instead is a phishing email. Legitimate emails from Amazon would  be directed to you by name rather than being addressed to your email address as this phishing email was. It also is sent from an address that has no relation to Amazon, but was made to look as if it was a legitimate Amazon email address.    As with all phishing emails, two things can happen if you click on the links provided.  Either you will be sent to a legitimate looking, but phony webpage where you will be prompted to input personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft or, even worse, merely by clicking on the link, you may download keystroke logging malware that will steal all of your personal information from your computer or smartphone and use it to make you a victim of identity theft. Some scammers manage to send emails directed specifically to you by name and appear to be sent from Amazon so you can never be too careful. Trust me, you can’t trust anyone.  This phishing email also is filled with grammatical errors which may indicate that the scammers are from a country where English is not the primary language.  Although the Amazon logo looks real, it is a simple matter to counterfeit the logo.

If you receive an email like this and think it may possibly be legitimate, merely call the customer service number for Amazon where you can confirm that it is a scam.

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