This email, which purports to be from the Amazon Accounts Team, claims that your Amazon account has been limited after a security check.
Supposedly, there is a problem with your account and you must confirm some of your information. The email urges you to click a “Verify Now” button to supply the information and activate your account.
However, the email is not from Amazon and your account access has not been limited as claimed. Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.
If you click the button, you will be taken to a fraudulent website designed to look like a real Amazon web page. Once on the fake page, you will be asked to log in and then supply your credit card details and other personal information.
After you supply the requested details on the fake site, you’ll see a message claiming that you have successfully verified the account and lifted the access limit.
But, now, the scammers can collect the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Amazon account, commit credit card fraud, and steal your identity.
Criminals continually target Amazon customers with scam emails like this one. It is always safest to login to your Amazon account by entering the address into your browser’s address bar.
You can report Amazon phishing scams via the reporting email address listed on the company’s website.
An example of the scam email:
Subject: Important Information from AmazonDear Customer,
As Amazon account holder, and valued customer, due to security check
Your account access has been limited for the following reason
- We need to confirm some of your account information.
- face a problem in the the account . And for that you must follow the steps To activate the account.
SincerlyAmazon Accounts Team
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!