Amazon Prime Members Beware
An email phishing scam is targeting Amazon Prime members and your accounts, here's what you need to know.
The scam is sent to your email account and offers you a $50 bonus from Amazon, and looks like it is a legit offer from the online retailer. When you click the link in the email it even takes you to a website that looks like Amazon.com, but definitely is not.
You would then be asked to enter your Amazon login username and password, effectively giving the scammers access to your Amazon Prime account and the ability to charge anything they want to your account.
Thankfully, Amazon has safeguards in place to help, and they offer these tips to make sure emails your are getting regarding your Amazon Prime account are actually from Amazon.
Here is what Amazon says to look for:
- An order confirmation for an item you didn’t purchase or an attachment to an order confirmation (Double check this information under the “Your Orders” section)
- Requests for your Amazon.com username and/or password, or other personal information
- Requests to update payment information (you can check information under “Your Account“)
- Links to websites that look like Amazon.com, but aren’t Amazon
- Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer
- Typos or grammatical errors
- Forged e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.com
- The “from” line of the e-mail contains an Internet Service Provider (ISP) other than @amazon.com
Amazon also wants you to send them any questionable-looking email addresses
If you received correspondence regarding an order you didn't place, it likely wasn't from Amazon.com. Please send the e-mail as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are reporting a suspicious URL, put it in the body of the email and send it to email@example.com.
If for some reason you are affected by this, Amazon says their 'A-to-Z guarantee' will usually get customers their money back and they encourage customers who are affected to file an A-to-Z claim and contact customer service.