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Amazon ‘Some Violated Policies’ Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from Amazon, your account will be locked because of violated policies.

Supposedly, you are required to click a link to login and verify your account.

The email features the Amazon logo and seemingly legitimate footer information in an effort to make it seem genuine. However, the email is fraudulent and the claim that your account has been locked is false.

The email is not from Amazon. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.



If you click on the “Verify Now” link, a fake Amazon website will load in your browser. As with the email, the bogus site features the Amazon logo and other elements to make it appear genuine.

When you first arrive on the bogus site, you will be asked to sign in with your Amazon email address and password. Next, you will be instructed to complete an “account verification” form that asks for your name, address, and contact details, your credit card numbers, and other identifying information.

After submitting the form, you may see a final message stating that you have successfully validated the account. You will then be automatically redirected to the real Amazon website.

Criminals can now collect the information you supplied and use it to take control of your Amazon account and make fraudulent purchases. They can also use your credit card to make further fraudulent transactions outside of Amazon. And, they may be able to steal your identity using the information that they have collected from you.

Amazon phishing scams like this are common and take many forms.

Use caution with any email that looks like it was sent by Amazon and claims that you must click a link or open an attachment to deal with a supposed account, purchase, shipping, or security problem.

It is best to check the status of your account and review any transactions by entering the Amazon address into your browser’s address bar and logging in. This is much safer than clicking a link in an email.

The Amazon website includes information about how to identify and report phishing scams.

A screenshot of the scam email:

Amazon 'Violated Policies" Phishing Scam

Transcript of the scam email:

Dear Customer,

Your Amazon will Be Locked need authenticate Because of Some Violated Policies In Account

– Log-in to your amazon account, and follow the steps
– Verification needed, Please enter your billing address to verify your account

Simply click on the web address below :

Verify Now >

Thank you for your concern.

Sincerely,

Amazon Services – Assistance Service