Shopping on Amazon, particularly during the pandemic 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 confirming an order you didn’t make and providing a telephone number for you to call to dispute the order. The order indicates that the goods, which in this case are a television and an Xbox were sent to someone other than yourself. If you do call, you will be prompted to verify personal information, however, if you provide the personal information, you will be providing the personal information to a scammer who will use the information to make you a victim of identity theft. The phishing email is constructed well. The grammar is correct and the logo used appears legitimate, but as I have told you repeatedly, it is very simple to counterfeit a legitimate appearing logo. A telltale sign in the case of this particular email is that the email address of the sender has absolutely nothing to do with Amazon, however, other similar scams will have email addresses that may appear to be legitimate.
While this is a very legitimate appearing email that uses the Amazon logo and also is written with proper grammar and punctuation there are a number of indications that this 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. 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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