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.  Particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic, as the number of people shopping on Amazon has increased, so have the scammers directed more attention toward Amazon shoppers through scams such as the phishing email reproduced below which was sent to me by a Scamicide reader.

The latest Amazon phishing scam starts with an email that appears to come from Amazon  informing you that your accounts has been locked due to suspicious activity.  you are prompted to click on a link to verify your account within 24 hours or risk having your account permanently shut down.  Phishing emails commonly lure you into clicking on links or providing information by false representations of an emergency that requires your immediate attention. This phishing email is not particularly well constructed.  While it carries an official looking Amazon logo, it is easy to counterfeit a logo.  The email is directed to you by your email address rather than your name, which is also slightly suspicious.  I have changed the email salutation to protect the privacy of the person forwarding the email to me.  The second paragraph is obviously flawed and not properly edited as is the third paragraph.  Finally, the email address from which the email was sent has nothing to do with Amazon and is most likely part of a botnet.  As for the “Verification Now” link at the bottom which the email lures you into clicking on, I have deactivated it.  However, if you had hovered your mouse over the activated link you would see you would be directed to a site that had nothing to do with Amazon.  Here is the phishing email presently being circulated.

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Dear xxxxxx

Your amazon account has been locked due to suspicious activity.

To unlock your account, you must log in to your account to v{numrandom,6,1}e{numrandom,6,1}r{numrandom,6,1}i{numrandom,6,1}f{numrandom,6,1}y{numrandom,6,1} your account immediately.

 

You only have 24 hours to secure your account, if you do nothing your account will be permanently l{numrandom,6,1}o{numrandom,6,1}c{numrandom,6,1}k{numrandom,6,1}e{numrandom,6,1}d{numrandom,6,1} and deleted.

Verification Now

Copyright © 2020 Amazon Inc. All rights reserved.

TIPS

Legitimate emails from Amazon would  be directed to you by name rather than being addressed to your email address as this phishing email was.   Most tellingly, this phishing email is sent from an address that has no relation to Amazon. If you receive an email like this and think it may possibly be actually from Amazon, merely call the customer service number for Amazon where you can confirm that it is a scam.  The real number to call if you suspect Amazon related fraud is 866-216-1075.

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