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Amazon ‘Canceled Order’ Spam Emails

by Brett M. Christensen

Inboxes are currently being hit by fraudulent emails that claim that your Amazon order has been successfully canceled.  

The emails feature a bogus order number and a listing of the product related to the “canceled order”.  The order number is clickable.

But, in fact, Amazon did not send the emails. The cancelled order claims are made up.

The scammers hope that you will click the order link out of curiosity or concern.

If you do click the link, you will be taken to a spam website that peddles very dubious health products. Given how common these types of spam campaigns are, at least a few recipients must actually linger on the spam websites and purchase products. If the tactic didn’t work, spammers would not bother using it over and over again.

Almost identical “canceled order” spam emails are falsely claiming to be from Alibaba and eBay.

Note also that similar fake order and invoice emails are regularly used to distribute malware or trick people into divulging their personal information via phishing websites. 

If you receive one of these emails, don’t follow any links that it contains.

Examples of the spam emails:

Subject: Your order 170-6361-623 has been successfully canceled

Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here’s a summary of your order:

You just canceled order 170-6361-623 placed on May 20, 2017.

Status: CANCELED

_____________________________________________________________________

1 “Percentiles”; 2004, Special Edition
By: Astrid Evans

Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

_____________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!

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Amazon.com
Earth’s Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com
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Subject: Amazon.com – Your Cancellation 108-631674-6799724

Your order has been successfully canceled.
For your reference, here’s a summary of your order:

You just canceled order 108-631674-6799724 placed on May 22, 2017.

Status: CANCELED

_____________________________________________________________________

1 YED-78656 $82.49
Free Super Saver Shipping Details

2 YSC-87827 $2.67

Sold by: Amazon.com LLC

_____________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!

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Amazon.com
Earth’s Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer