Shopping on Amazon, particularly during the continuing 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.

I have heard recently from a number of Scamicide readers that they have lately been receiving many Amazon phishing emails.  The email below is typical of those presently circulating. The latest Amazon phishing scam starts with an email that appears to come from Amazon informing you that someone has attempted to use your password to access your account.  Anyone receiving such an email would certainly be concerned that their account is about to be hacked and may be lured into clicking on the link provided to deny access.  Phishing emails often try to entice people into providing sensitive personal information that can be used for purposes of identity theft or to click on links that may either ask you for personal information or merely by clicking on the link you may download harmful malware.

This particular phishing email is very sophisticated.  The grammar is correct and the logo used appears legitimate, but it is very simple to counterfeit a legitimate appearing logo.  Often a telltale sign that the email is a part of a scam is that the email address of the sender has absolutely nothing to do with Amazon, however, in this case, the email addresses used appear to come from Amazon although they are not legitimate Amazon addresses. Many people are not aware that all legitimate Amazon email addresses have a dot before “amazon.com” so although the phony Amazon email addresses used in the phishing email appear to the untrained eye to be legitimate, they are not.

This phishing email also appears more legitimate because it actually uses the full name of the targeted victim.  I have blocked out the surname of the targeted victim as well as the links and email addresses used in the phishing email for security and privacy purposes.

Here is a copy of the email presently being circulated.

Logo Image

Sign-in attempt

Anthony XXXXXX
Someone who knows your password is attempting to sign-in to your account.

When:

Sep 02, 2021 01:43 PM Central European Summer Time

Device:

Google Chrome Windows (Desktop)

Near:

Netherlands

Approve or Deny

Is it safe to follow this link?

The link provided in this email starts with “https:xxxxxxxxx”. If you prefer, copy the following link and paste it into a browser to view.

https:xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

TIPS

While this is a very legitimate appearing email that uses the Amazon logo and is written with proper grammar and punctuation as well as using the targeted victim’s name, the primary indication that this is a scam is that the email address does not use the protocol of Amazon because it did not have a dot prior to “amazon.com” in the email address.  Trust me, you can’t trust anyone.  Never click on a link in an email or text message or provide personal information unless you have confirmed that the email or text message is legitimate. The telephone number to call if you suspect Amazon related fraud is 866-216-1075 or you can call their customer service number 888-280-4331   Never call the numbers that appears in the phishing emails.

Also, because any of us can be scammed, it is a good idea to use dual factor authentication whenever possible to protect your various accounts so that even if someone actually had your password they would not be able to access your account.  In order to set up dual factor authentication for your Amazon account use this link. https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=G3PWZPU52FKN7PW4

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