Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that your ID was just used to purchase ‘Fire TV Print HD 89.97’ via a computer or device that had not previously been associated with that ID.
The email is not from Amazon and the claim that the listed item has been purchased via your account is untrue. The email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information via a fraudulent account update process.
Your ID, was just used to purchase “Fire TV Print HD 89.97 ” from the Store on a computer or device that had not previously been associated with that ID.
This purchase was initiated from Mexico.
If you made this purchase, you can disregard this email. It was only sent to alert you in case you did not make the purchase yourself.
If you did not make this purchase, we recommend you to click Here to update your information immediately.
According to this email, which purports to be from online giant, Amazon, your Amazon ID was just used to purchase an item called ‘Fire TV Print HD’ at a cost of $89.97 (or £89.87 in some versions). The message warns that the item was purchased via a computer or device that had not previously been associated with your Amazon ID and adds that the purchase was ‘initiated from Mexico’. It advises that, if you did not make the listed purchase, you should click a link to update your information immediately.
However, the email is not from Amazon, and the claim that the listed item has been purchased via your account is false. The email is a phishing scam designed to trick you into revealing your personal and financial information to cybercriminals.
If you click on the link in the email, you will be taken to a fraudulent website designed to look like a genuine Amazon login page. Once on the fake page, you will be asked to login with your Amazon account email and password. After ‘logging in’, you will be taken to a second fake page that asks you to fill in and submit an ‘Account Update’ form. The form asks you to provide contact and ID information as well as your credit card details, ostensibly so that the supposed security breach can be dealt with and the fraudulent transaction reversed.
After you click the ‘Submit’ button on the bogus update form, you may receive a message claiming that the issue has been resolved. You may then be automatically redirected to the genuine Amazon website. Meanwhile, however, the criminals can collect all of the information your submitted and use it to hijack you Amazon account, use your credit card for fraudulent transactions and possibly try to steal your identity.
Because Amazon is Internet based, conducts much of its business via email, and has a high profile, criminals regularly target the company’s customers via phishing emails much like this one. The Amazon website includes information about how to identify and report phishing scams.
Note that the item supposedly purchased and other details may vary in different incarnations of these scam emails. If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Last updated: March 10, 2016
First published: March 10, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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!