Scams on Amazon have increased by 500% since last year
Scam emails from Amazon have skyrocketed by 500% since last year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).. The popularity of the company founded by Jeff Bezos has made it a prime target for internet scammers trying to take advantage of customers.
And it is that, just as Amazon increases its level of security, the methods used by criminals to steal have also become increasingly sophisticated.
The latest fraud scheme to be detected involves an official-looking email, purporting to be from Amazon, that you reach customers with fake receipts or shipping confirmations for an order you never placedas reported in the New York Post.
The email asks users to click on a link to get more information about their alleged order, leading you to believe that you need to update your account details.
Another similar trick notifies users that there is a supposed problem with their Amazon account or payment method, tricking victims into resubmitting their personal information to try to fix the problem.
By asking them to call the helpline or click on the link, Amazon users are actually handing over their private personal data to scammers.
Therefore, it is best to be vigilant and remember these three simple checks that can help you determine the authenticity of Amazon emails.
1–First you should look for spelling or grammatical errors. This is the easiest way to tell if a message is legitimate, since a genuine email from Amazon would not contain any errors.
2–If the email asks you to click on a link to verify your personal information or payment method, don’t. Amazon never asks users to perform these actions via emailso it is probably a scam.
3–Finally, you need to verify the sender’s full email address to make sure it is from a verified Amazon account. This is an infallible way to clear your doubts. Any email address that does not end in ‘amazon.com’ is fake.
Remember that it is always better to access your Amazon account yourself to check anything from there, instead of clicking on fake links.
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