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PHISHING SCAM – Amazon ‘Integrity Check’ Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Email purporting to be from Amazon claims that the company performs regular integrity checks on user accounts and the recipient must click a one-time validation link to avoid account suspension. 

Brief Analysis

The email is not from Amazon. It is a phishing scam designed to steal Amazon account login details and credit card data. If you receive this message, do not click any links that it contains.

Example

Every six months Amazon makes integrity checks related to his Online customers and their accounts. How they use the account or if the account is still used by the customer. If the customer account is not used for a longer period of time (more then 1 month) it will be disabled of by Amazon Team and then removed in the next two months.

Amazon Integirty Check Phishing Scam Email

Detailed Analysis

According to this email, which purports to be from Amazon, the company performs ‘integrity checks’ on customer accounts every six months. It claims that, if a customer’s account is not used for longer than one month, it will first be disabled and then – after two months – removed completely.

To counter this supposed problem, the message instructs customers to click a “Validate Your Account” button.  But, warns the message, the button is only active for 24 hours and if customers fail to ‘make the validation’ within that time frame, their accounts will be disabled.

However, the claims in the email are lies. The email is not from Amazon and users certainly do not need to click the button to validate their accounts. The message is a phishing scam designed to trick users into relinquishing their personal and financial data to Internet criminals.
Clicking the button opens a bogus webpage designed to look like a genuine Amazon page. The bogus page asks you to provide your Amazon account login details, ostensibly as part of the verification process.

After ‘logging in’ on the fake site, you will be taken to a second page that asks for your credit card details and other personal and financial information:

Amazon Integrity Check Fake Verification FormAfter you supply the requested information you will see a final message claiming that your validation has been successful.

Meanwhile, the scammers can collect the information submitted on the fake forms and use it to hijack your Amazon account and commit credit card fraud. They may also use the information you supplied to steal your identity.

You can report Amazon phishing scams like this one via the reporting address on the company’s website. Because it conducts so much of its business online, Amazon is regularly targeted by phishing scammers.



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