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Amazon ‘Important Message From Security Center’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Email purporting to be from the Security Center at Amazon Web Services claims that recipients need to click a link to read an important message or risk having their Amazon account restricted. 

Brief Analysis

The message is not from Amazon. It is a phishing scam designed to trick recipients into divulging their Amazon account login details and other personal and financial data to online criminals.

Example

Subject: Security Center – Amazon Web Services

Dear Amazon Account Holder, You have an Important message from the Amazon. Your Amazon account will be restricted if you do not view and respond. Click here to view message and update your information’s again on your account.

Best Regard Amazon Shopping Service

Amazon Phishing Scam Email

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this email, which purports to be from the Security Center at Amazon Web Services, the recipient has an important message waiting online. The recipient is urged to click a link to read the message and update “information’s” for the account.  The message warns that the Amazon account will be restricted if the recipient does not respond.

However, the message is certainly not from anyone at Amazon. Instead, it is a phishing scam that attempts to fool recipients into handing over their personal and financial details to cybercriminals. 
Those who comply and click the link as instructed will be taken to a fake website built to emulate a real Amazon page and asked to log in with their Amazon email address and password. They will then be asked to “update account details” by providing credit card data and other personal information.

The information on the fake login and account update forms will be sent to the criminals operating the scam. The criminals can then use this stolen information to hijack real Amazon accounts, conduct fraudulent credit card transactions and steal identities.

Amazon, like other high-profile online entities such as PayPal and eBay, is almost constantly targeted by phishing scammers. These companies will never send you an unsolicited, generic email that claims that you must click a link or open an attachment to log in and update account information.

If you receive a suspect email, do not click on any links or open any attachments that it contains. It is always safest to access any and all of your online accounts by entering the account web address into your web browser’s address bar rather than by clicking a link in an email.

If you receive a phishing scam email claiming to be from Amazon, you can report it to the company.



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