Amazon customers need to be aware of a number of scam messages that authorities have been alerted to recently. Online shoppers in the past month have reported the fake Amazon message to the eCrime Team branch of Trading Standards, who deal with fraud and consumer scams. The eCrime team says it has received more than 100 reports of the scam which tries to trick Amazon customers into handing over sensitive details.
The bogus emails from con-artists tries to lure Amazon customers in with the promise of free vouchers or an alleged warning about an account issue.
In both cases, Amazon customers are led to a malicious phishing website which is designed to steal login details or financial information.
The issue was highlighted by the eCrime division’s official Twitter account, who told Amazon customers to watch out for these scam emails.
The @tsecrime Twitter posted a message from Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber reporting centre, which said: “Watch out for these Amazon scam emails.
“Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this month about fake emails purporting to be from Amazon.
“These emails vary from notifications about account issues, to promises of free vouchers if the recipient completes a survey.
“The links in the emails lead to malicious websites that are designed to steal Amazon login details, as well as personal and financial information.
“Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Amazon for comment about the scam threat.
If you have received a suspicious message and would like to report it then you can do so on the Action Fraud website – click here to be directed to it.
Action Fraud though has advised that currently due to the coronavirus crisis their contact centre is providing a reduced service.
A message on their site says: “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, unfortunately our contact centre is currently providing a reduced service.
“If you do need to chat to us, we have a small number of advisors on hand to help but please be advised that waiting times will be longer.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If your UK business, charity or organisation is currently under cyber attack and data is potentially at risk please call 0300 123 2040 immediately and press 9.
“You can continue to make reports of fraud in the normal way via the website.”
Amazon customers aren’t the only ones who have been targeted by scammers amid the coronavirus crisis.
Research has revealed a spike in cybercrime targeting users of streaming services such as Netflix during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
While last month WhatsApp users also saw the return of an old scam promising free kegs of Heineken if they filled out some details on a website.
But the message was a hoax which is not endorsed from the Danish brewer, and is all part of a con job to trick people into handing over sensitive information.
Published at Thu, 07 May 2020 05:01:00 +0000