Shopping on Amazon, has been popular for a long time, but particularly during the continuing pandemic shopping on Amazon has increased dramatically and with so many people shopping on Amazon, scammers are using Amazon as the basis for a variety of scams.  According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Amazon based scams have increased 500% in the last year  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 recently received an Amazon phishing email that is copied below.  The email below is typical of many of those presently circulating. The latest Amazon phishing scam starts with an email that appears to come from Amazon informing you that your order for some expensive items is ready to ship to someone totally unrelated to you and provides a telephone number for you to call if you have not placed the order, which is a strange thing to appear on an order confirmation.   Anyone receiving such an email would certainly be concerned that their account has been hacked and easily lured into calling the telephone number provided which is not that of Amazon customer service.  The real Amazon customer service number is 1-888-280-4331  If you called the scammers bogus customer service number you would be prompted to provide personal information that would lead to your identity being stolen and your Amazon account being hacked.

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.  All legitimate Amazon emails end in amazon.com.

Here is a copy of the email presently being circulated.

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TIPS

While this is a very legitimate appearing email that uses the Amazon logo and is written with proper grammar and punctuation.  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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