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.