New Gmail and Outlook warning! Delete this message from Amazon NOW
With millions of us going online this year to do our festive purchases, cyber criminals are trying to make money. An urgent warning was issued late last week amid an explosion of scams targeting consumers via fake delivery warnings that attempt to trick people into submitting personal data. Now it seems that the famous Amazon brand is used by thieves and your account could be at risk of attack if you fell for it.
The latest threat discovered by Express.co.uk attempts to scare Amazon shoppers with an email claiming their account will be canceled soon. It’s a subject line that is sure to grab people’s attention, especially since the email appears to be from an official Amazon account.
Once opened, the message states that all orders placed on the shopping page have been suspended and nothing will be delivered until immediate action is taken.
The email stated that this was due to a problem with the billing information that was provided to the company. Customers will then be prompted to click a link to update their account and resolve any issues in order to continue shopping.
With the email with the Amazon branding on it and the link that takes users to an official looking login page, everything looks very official.
However, don’t be fooled!
After Express.co.uk sees the message, they can confirm that it is a fake. If you are tricked, your account details will be left in the hands of thieves. Although the email appears to have been sent from Amazon, it’s easy to see that the actual address has nothing to do with the merchant.
The embedded link to which users are then redirected also has a web address that does not belong to Amazon.
With so many people having Amazon accounts, it is easy which hackers the company uses to redeem money, and any emails that you did not expect from them should always be opened with caution.
“If you receive an email claiming to be from Amazon that appears suspicious, it could be a phishing email,” Amazon said on its security page.
“A phishing email appears to come from a legitimate source, but the reality is that it is being sent by an outside party trying to access your personal information by tricking you into opening or clicking an attachment that contains malware Clicking a link that redirects to a potentially dangerous website.
“Some phishing emails may even contain a link to a website that looks like Amazon.com but is not a legitimate website. The website may ask for your Amazon username and password, or try to install unwanted software on your computer. You should delete messages like this without opening any attachments or clicking links. “