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.
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.
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.
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:
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.