A new email scam is targeting Amazon Prime members, tricking them into revealing sensitive personal information, including bank details.
Referred to by some as the “Prime Day Email Scam”, it works by sending deceptive emails which appear authentic and claim to be from Amazon.
The scam will read something like this:
“Amazon is having issues with your order.
You will not be able to access your account or make future purchases until we confirm your password and login email address.
Click here to confirm.”
In other instances, people have reported emails offering a $50 gift card once a survey is completed:
Both versions of the scam will provide a link to click, at which point you are redirected to a website that looks like the official Amazon page, but is actually a cleverly-crafted fake.
You are then prompted to type in your login info, and after clicking “login”, hackers will be able to access personal and banking info.
Others have reported that, upon clicking “login”, you automatically download malware.
Amazon has provided basic steps on how to respond if you receive one of these fraudulent emails:
“1. Open a new email and attach the email you suspect is fake. For suspicious webpages, simply copy & paste the link into the email body.
Note: Sending this suspicious e-mail as an attachment is the best way for us to track it. If you can’t send the email as an attachment, you can forward it.
“2. Send the e-mail to [email protected]”
Last year, another Amazon email scam was circulating during the Holiday season: