“Order confirmation” email purporting to be from Amazon claims that you have bought a Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker for £150.
The email is not from Amazon and the order details that it contains are fake. In fact, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.
The scammers know that at least a few people will mistakenly believe that their Amazon account has been used to conduct unauthorized transactions and will click on the “refund” link.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that first asks for your Amazon account login credentials before requesting that you fill in a “refund form”. The bogus refund form will ask for your credit card numbers as well as your name and address and other identifying information. After you submit the fake form, the scammers will be able to use the information you provided to access your Amazon account and conduct fraudulent transactions. They can also use your credit card, and if they have gathered enough information about you, they may be able to steal your identity as well.
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Note that details such as the type of item supposedly purchased, the purchase price, and the dispatch address may vary in different incarnations of these scam emails.
Last updated: December 29, 2016
First published: December 29, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen