Published on May 3rd, 2012 | by Tom Wake4
Watch out for this Amazon email scam
Right, here’s another nasty email scam to watch out for.
I have to say this is one of the cleverer ones I’ve uncovered on Insider’s Edge. It’s an email that appears to come from amazon.com (they’ve completely masked the ‘from’ address) and tells you that your recent order has been ‘cancelled’.
The exact wording is:
Your order has been successfully canceled. For you reference, here’s a summary of your order: You just canceled order 102-5121-954 placed on May 2, 2012
If, like me, you use Amazon regularily to buy items online it’ll make you double take.
Here’s a screenshot of the email:
It’s clever because even if you realise that you haven’t ordered the item listed, you feel compelled to click on one of the links so that you can log into Amazon and rectify the issue.
Don’t do it!
This is another phishing scam designed to steal your private data, try and sell you dodgy sex pills and generally make your life a misery.
In this case there’s a subtle clue that this is a scam…
When you hover over any of the links it shows you the destination website which is somewhere completely different from the Amazon website. The address is a series of numbers which ends with the word ‘obliterated’. Hmmm…
If you receive an email like this delete it – or better still ignore it. Believe it or not the simple act of opening an email can alert scammers that your address is a ‘live’ address.