Inboxes continue to be hit with bogus “Order confirmation” emails purporting to be from Internet giant Amazon.
The emails claim that you have purchased a specified product and provide an estimated delivery date along with other details about the supposed purchase.
However, the emails are not from Amazon and the order details that they contain are fake. In fact, the messages are phishing scams 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.
Scams that target Amazon customers are very common. You can read more information about identifying and reporting such scams on the Amazon website.
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.
Versions of the emails have been distributed for several years. Criminals regularly launch scam campaigns that use updated variants of the scam with different dates and product details.
A screenshot of one of the scam emails:
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!