Yet another wave of Amazon phishing scam emails is hitting inboxes.
The emails, which feature the Amazon logo, claim that the company was unable to process a recent order you made. They instruct you to click a link to update your card details and “avoid interruption to your services”.
The emails do not come from Amazon. The claim that an order could not be processed is a lie designed to trick you into clicking the link. This is a very common phishing technique.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to look like it belongs to Amazon. Once on the fake site, you will be asked to sign in with your Amazon email address and password.
Next, you will be taken to an “account update” form that asks for your name and contact details, your credit card details, and other identifying personal and financial information.
After submitting the form, you may then be automatically redirected to the genuine Amazon website.
Meanwhile, criminals can collect the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Amazon account and conduct fraudulent transactions. They can also use your credit card. And using the information they have collected about you, they may be able to steal your identity.
Phishing scams like this are very common and use the names and logos of many high profile companies around the world. Be wary of any email or text message that claims that there is a problem with an order or with your account and you must click a link to “update” or “verify”.
It is always best to login to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.
A screenshot of the scam email:
Transcript of the scam email:
Unfortunately we were unable to process your recent order, and we advice that you kindly update your card details to avoid interruption to your services.
Thanks for visiting Amazon!