Amazon shoppers have to be looking out for a bogus email which claims the net retail giant is freely giving £1,000 gift cards. Motion Fraud has received lots of of reports from members of the general public about this recent scam targeting Amazon users. The e-mail, which may very well be heading to a Gmail, Outlook or Hotmail inbox near you, claims Amazon is freely giving these expensive gift cards and if the recipient desires to be in with a probability of claiming this they should head to a particular website.
Nevertheless, that is all just a part of an elaborate con to get people at hand over their personal and financial information.
Once this has been obtained by bad actors it may be used for identity fraud and even stealing money from victims.
Warning people concerning the scam, Motion Fraud wrote online: “Motion Fraud has received 298 reports about fake emails purporting to be from Amazon.
“The emails claim that the recipient has won an Amazon gift card and asks them to make use of the provided link as a way to receive it.
“The links within the emails result in phishing web sites which are designed to steal personal and financial information.”
While Amazon UK spoke to Express.co.uk about this scam, offering advice for readers on how you can stay protected.
An Amazon spokesperson said: “Scammers that try and impersonate Amazon put our customers and our brand in danger. Although these scams happen outside our store, we are going to proceed to speculate in protecting customers and educating the general public on scam avoidance. We encourage customers to report suspected scams to us in order that we will protect their accounts and refer bad actors to law enforcement to assist keep consumers protected. Please visit our help pages to seek out additional information on how you can discover scams and report them.”
The net retail giant also offered advice numerous helpful suggestions to identify a scam.
Listed below are signs a message you received is a fake…
Amazon won’t request that customers purchase gift cards for any service
Amazon won’t ask for payment over phone or email – only on our app or website
Amazon won’t call and ask you to make a payment off of our website (i.e bank transfer)
Amazon won’t ask you to download or install any software to attach with customer support