According to this ‘security notice’ email, which purports to be from Internet giant Amazon, access to ‘certain features’ of your account have been temporarily restricted as a security measure.
The email urges you to click a ‘Restore Access’ link to validate your account information and rectify the supposed security issue. It warns that, if you don’t validate as requested, your account may be suspended permanently.
However, the email is not from Amazon and the claim that you must validate your information to lift an account restriction is untrue. In fact, the email is a typical phishing scam designed to steal your Amazon account login information as well as other sensitive personal and financial information.
If you click the ‘Restore Access’ link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website designed to emulate the genuine Amazon login page. After entering your account login credentials on the fake site, you will be taken to further fraudulent pages that ask for name and contact details, credit card numbers and other identifying information. At the end of the process, you may be directed to a final page that claims that you have successfully resolved the issue before being automatically redirected to the real Amazon website.
The criminals responsible for this phishing campaign can collect all of the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Amazon account, conduct fraudulent transaction using your credit card and attempt to steal your identity.
Amazon is Internet based, conducts much of its business via email, and is well-known all around the world. Criminals thus regularly target the company’s customers via phishing emails such as this one. The Amazon website includes clear information about how to identify and report phishing scams.
If you receive this email or one similar to it, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Security Notice [Email Address Removed] You are receiving this email because we noticed an attempt to sign in to your account from an unrecognised device. Our system has blocked this sign in attempt as a security measure.
In order to safeguard your account information we have temporarily restricted your access to certain features within our online banking system. To restore full access please click the link below to validate your account information.
Restore Access ⇨
Please note: Failure to restore full access can lead to permanent suspension of access.
Amazon Customer Services
Last updated: February 11, 2016
First published: February 11, 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!