According to this email, which claims to be from Internet giant Amazon, your account has been frozen temporarily in order to protect it.
And, claims the email, your account will remain frozen – and its password locked – until you click a link to confirm your details.
Of course, this is a quite typical phishing scam. The email is not from Amazon. Like countless others of its ilk, the message is designed to steal your personal and financial data.
If you click the link, you will be taken to a bogus website that looks like a real Amazon login page. Once you have supplied your login details, you will be taken to a second page that hosts an ‘Update’ form.
The update form asks for your name, address, and contact details. It also asks for your credit card number, social security number, and other identifying information.
All of this information will be sent to the criminals running the scam. Once they have your details, they can hijack your Amazon account and use your credit card to conduct fraudulent transactions. They may also be able to steal your identity.
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Subject: Your account has been frozen temporarily
Your account has been frozen temporarily in order to protect it. The account will continue to be frozen and your password locked until it is approved.
This will help protect you in the future. The process does not take more than 5 minutes.
To proceed to confirm your account information please follow the instructions that will be required.
To get started, please use the link below.
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!