Amazon Prime Day Review Scam

Amazon logoA new, realistic-looking email phishing scam is targeting Amazon customers.

Cyber criminals are sending mass emails, which appear to come from Amazon, that thank recipients for making purchases on Amazon’s Prime Day in July. The emails provide a link for recipients to visit Amazon website’s to “write a review” to receive a special $50 bonus credit.

However, if users click the link, they are routed to the fraudsters’ clone of the Amazon site where they enter their credentials (i.e., their usernames and passwords) when prompted. The criminal can then gain access to their accounts. Additionally, it is possible that the fake site may install malware on computers or mobile devices being used to access it.

The email is realistic looking – it even contains manual instructions in case one does not want to click the first link. But, following those instructions is not any safer because it also includes a link to a bogus Amazon.com.

If you ever receive an email from Amazon that asks you to take action, it’s safest to ignore any links in the email and instead enter https://www.amazon.com in your web browser. Once you log in, you can access your orders, and communicate with customer service regarding any questions. This ensures you are using the legitimate Amazon website.

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