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PHISHING SCAM – Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product. 

Brief Analysis

The email is not from Amazon and you have not won a 90% discount as claimed. Instead, the message is a phishing scam designed to steal your Amazon login details and other personal information.

Example

Subject: Congratulations! You Are The Winner Of a Discount Coupon For 90%
You Are The Winner of a Discount Coupon For 90% !
Coupon ID : 695F6D356FI1
Dear customer,
This is a random selection from Amazon.com on the occasion of our 20th birthday we selected more than one million customers in first step then we have chosen just ten thousand other customers also randomly to be winner of discount coupon for 90%.
This coupon is valid for all amazon product take it in the link below.
Get Coupon Code
Note:
– The link of the coupon will expire within 24 hour from now.
– The coupon validity is 30 days.

Amazon, supp?rt ?eam.

Amazon phishing scam email

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this email, you have been selected as one of the winners of a 90% off discount voucher from Amazon. Supposedly, the company is offering the discount to selected customers as a means of celebrating its 20th birthday. The message claims that the coupon is valid for any Amazon product.

It instructs you to click a link to get your coupon code.

However, the email is not from Amazon and you have not won a discount coupon as claimed.

In fact, the message is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.
If you click on the ‘coupon code’ link in the email, you will be taken to a fake website designed to look like a real Amazon login page. After you log in on the fake page with your Amazon account credentials, you may be taken to a second fake page that asks for your credit card details and other personal information.

But, alas, once you have submitted the requested information, it will be sent to the cybercriminals running the phishing campaign. The criminals can then access your Amazon account and use it to conduct fraudulent transactions in your name. They can also use your credit card to commit further fraud.

Scammers regularly target Amazon customers. If you receive an email claiming to be from Amazon that you suspect is a scam, you can report it via the details on the company’s website.

Phishing scammers often use the promise of free vouchers or coupons as bait. Be wary of unsolicited emails that claim that you are eligible to receive free vouchers or coupons from a company and should click a link or open an attached file to redeem the offer.



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer