Are you planning to order anything from Amazon? If yes, you could become a part of a phishing scam that is plaguing Amazon customers worldwide.
Apparently, fraudsters are using an email that looks like it’s genuinely from Amazon to con people by tricking them to think that there’s a problem with their order and asking them to fill in their details including again.
But whatever happens, do not re-enter your information. Coz it’s a scam!
Amazon customers across the globe have reported receiving an email with the subject line ‘Your Amazon.com order cannot be shipped‘. The message states:
Hello, There was a problem processing your order. You will not be able to access your account or place orders with us until your information.click here to confirm your account. We ask that you not open new accounts as any order you place may be delayed.
The link then redirected the user to fill in complete details including address and credit card details.
Getting a whiff of the situation, Amazon has issued guidelines to identify if the email is from the company.
While such case has not been registered in India yet, it’s safe to assume that the scammers won’t spare India just coz the country is facing a cash crunch and is slowly migrating into the digital space.
So here are some tips that you need to keep in mind to avoid getting scammed:
– Check for grammatical errors
Scammers generally have bad writing skills and phishing e-mails have poor grammar or typographical errors.
– Know what Amazon won’t ask
Check if the web page is asking for private information such as- PIN number, password, credit card security code, etc.
– Check the return address
An authentic e-mail will always come from an address ending in ‘@amazon.com. E-mails coming from addresses like ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, ‘email@example.com’ and ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ are fraudulent.
– Check the web address
Fake websites set-up by scammers contains the word ‘amazon’ somewhere in the URL. However, an authentic URL will always contain ‘www.amazon.com’.
– Look for the ‘s’
An authentic e-mail will always contain ‘https’ in the URL. Any URL having ‘http’ is fake.
– Go to the Amazon website
When in doubt always visit the website and follow the links present in it.