Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is hosting their huge Prime Day sales event on June 21st and 22nd this year. Subscribers around the world are ready to shop! But while you’re looking for good deals, the bad guys are looking for the opportunity to scam you any way they can. Expect to see all sorts of scams related to Amazon’s Prime day, from fake advertisements to phony shipping notifications.
One Amazon-themed scam uses a phishing email disguised as a security alert. The alert starts with “Hi Dear Customer,” and goes on to say that your account has been “blocked” due to an unauthorized login. The email explains that, “You can’t use your account at the movement, Please Verify And Secure your account by following link”. If you were to click the link in the email, you would be sent to a malicious website.
Shop safely by following these tips:
- Look out for spelling and grammatical errors. This specific phishing email was full of errors, such as using the word “movement” instead of “moment”.
- Always go directly to Amazon.com when you want to shop, review your order information, or check on the status of your account.
- Never trust a link in an email that you were not expecting. Cybercriminals have created hundreds of fake domains with the words “Amazon” and “Prime” in order to trick you.
Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.