The Amazon email scams come in many different flavors. Most scammers will customize their emails a bit, but many are identical. Here are four different fake emails, all using Amazon.com as the lure. Let’s begin with the Amazon survey scam, which looks something like this.
You have been selected to take part in improving our customer service for 2015. After you complete our 30 second questionnaire as a way to say “Thank You”, you’ll receive an exclusive reward worth over $50.
The reality is, there’s no Amazon customer service survey, no meaningful feedback will be provided to Amazon, and the only reward you’ll receive is a virus, malware, or having your identity stolen. In this case, the reward mentioned is not an Amazon gift card, but that’s also used frequently. Here’s an example.
Recent Visitors – Your amazon.com $100 – eGift (Ending soon)
Two Simple Steps
- Take (1) minute to answer 3 simple questions.
- Select your reward and activate your card.
There were three links in this email. Two went back to Amazon.com, the third went to a site owned by Victor Valenzuela from Daleville, AL. Before you start thinking that Victor might be running a legitimate company in good old Daleville, you should know that the website itself is hosted on a server located in Bulgaria. Yeah, that Bulgaria. The one right between Serbia and the Black Sea.
Another popular spam email is the one claiming your account has been locked. It will look something like the following.
We recently received multiple failed login attempts to your account. As a result, access to your account has been temporarily locked.
To unlock your account access, click: Sign In to My Amazon Account and proceed with the verification process.
Last, but not least, is the appeal to the old entrepreneurial spirit. It begins with lines like “Stop putting money in someone else’s pocket!” The email will include calls to action such as “Be your own boss.” Make no mistake, the only entrepreneurial spirit with these emails is their malicious intent.
My last Sunday Scam Tip was 5 tips to spot a bogus email. Use the link to view the post or, for those who are in a hurry, here are the highlights:
- Check to see who really sent the email
- Does the Reply To address match the sender’s address
- What does the content preview show?
- Scan the content for errors
- Look for really stupid mistakes