The rate at which people are turning to online store for their purchase needs is impressive and encouraged. However, with more and more people developing interest in shopping online, the threat of cyber crime is also in the increase.
A cyber crime recently discovered is the one targeted at defrauding Amazon shoppers. The purpose of the attack is to scam people off their Amazon account login credentials and their billing information.
Exploring the New Amazon Scam.
I learnt about this scam in a post by Justin Duino which was posted in the HowToGeek website.
Justin received an authentic-looking email pretending to be a support ticket from Amazon. The message claims the company is having issues authorizing a purchase and needs him to re-enter our billing information.
When he clicked on the Update your payment method button on the e-mail, he was taken to a Amazon look-a-like site and was asked to log into his account. After that, he was shown a realistic Settings page that claimed he couldn’t access his Amazon account until he updated his billing information.
How Justin Knew it was a Scam.
- The sender’s email address did not have the @amazon.com extension.
- The URL in the address bar of website he was redirected to was not amazon.com
As the holiday season draw closer by the day, You should be aware that cyber criminals will be upping their game in order to mislead shoppers into giving them useful information that they can use to defraud the shopper.
So, if you feel that a mail you receive look suspicious, then delete the mail after reporting it to both your email service provider, and also the business/online store that the mail claim to be coming from.
Always check the mail sender’s address to verify that it has the official @ extension.
If you click in a link from the mail, make sure that you check the address bar of your browser to verify that the URL is actually the official website address of the store, before you start keying in any details.
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