In the last 20 years as Amazon has inched it’s way to the Top, so have scammers. they grabbed ahold of this gaint’s coat tails and proceeded to issue scams using it’s likeness and trademarks.
As A Fellow Shopper Of Amazon
As a fellow shopper of Amazon this sickens me. I know of people who have been scammed and now they have new scams that are not receiving enough attention or not being reported at all! So I have decided to do Amazon and you a favor by writing this article that has the TOP 5 AmaSCAMS of 2017, ways to avoid them & how to do amazon scam reporting.
TOP 5 Amazon Scam Emails
The following scams all fall into one giant category of the Amazon email scam. This scam as you will read takes many forms, however it is important to know that these are part of the same scam. It may appear to be legit, but that is not the case for the following amazon email scams.
Scam 1: Discount Voucher Scam
This amaSCAM involved sending loyal customers of Amazon an email telling them that Amazon is ‘thankful’ for shopping with them and as a reward they are ‘happy’ to offer you a ‘discount voucher’ offering you ‘huge savings’. All you have to do ‘click the link’ to claim it.
However you are sent to another site NOT PART OF AMAZON where you enter your personal information that is then stolen!
Scam 2: Random Winner Scam
This scam is unique it offers you red flags immediately. How so? The subject line will say something like ‘Your package delivery is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow.’ However when you click on it they ‘offer a prize’. See what I mean by offering ‘Red Flags’.
This scam claims that amazon is the (country insert here) top online shopping website. To celebrate Amazon has ‘randomly chosen you’ for a gift. Click the ‘Discover My Gift Now’ icon and claim it. Then you are taken to a website NOT PART OF AMAZON, where they will steal your information that you put in the blanks.
Scam 3: Order Confirmation Scam
This scam is often the one that most people fall for. They fall for it because they use a mimicked amazon template that appears to be very close to teh real thing. Here’s how this scam works:
- You recieve an email form ‘amazon’ that ‘claims’ you ordered an item.
- You click on the link to investigate.
- Enter your personal information.
- Personal information stolen as you redirected to a proxy site.
Scam 4 Reward Voucher
Similar to amaSCAM # 1, there are some differences. First this scam usually offers ‘free rewards’, which amazon DOES NOT have or send. Secondly it has the ‘limited time offer’ language in it.
This scams works by saying you’ve been ‘nominated’ to receive ‘….Reward Voucher…$500’, but the only reward you’ll get is the ‘I’m Stupid’ award as you now have to send days, weeks, months, even YEARS repairing the damage from your information being stolen.
Scam 5: Gift Card Scam
Before I get into this scam please remember only PURCHASE amazon GIFT cards only FROM AMAZON. Do not fall for the gift card scam. How the scam works just like #4 just insert ‘gift card’ for ‘reward voucher’. Amazon also advises never giving any person information to this email in particular.
Now that you have read the latest Amazon scams or amaSCAMS and know what they are and what to look for. Here are 5 Tips To Avoid amaSCAMS, I hope these will help you in your everyday amazon experience.
5 Tips To Avoid Amazon Scam Emails
Tip 1 : REMEMBER Amazon will never ask you for the following personal information:
- Social Security Number (*UK National Insurance Number)
- Bank account Information
- Date Of Birth
- Your Amazon password
Tip 2: Check The Return Email Address.
Genuine Amazon emails will end in either
Tip 3: Check The Website Address
Scammers try but they can’t pull off the full amazon look. The best they can do is addresses similar to these: “security-amazon.com”, or “amazon.com.biz” TRUE genuine AMAZON addresses end in:
Tip 4: Follow The ‘Too Good To Be True’ Rule
Scams like these often have the feeling of ‘It may be too good.’ If you feel that delete the email right away. It’s better to wonder ‘what if’ then to wonder ‘why did I’. You have nothing to loss by saying no, remember that.
Tip 5: Do Not Send Payment
You only pay for your Amazon order at Amazon, no where else. Any email you get from ‘amazon’ that takes about ‘payment’, ‘funds’, ‘credit card’, report it to the authorities, including Amazon. NEVER send PAYMENT to anyone online that claims to be ‘amazon’.
Amazon Scam Reporting
If you have been the victim of s scam, let your voice be heard. It is important to report any type of scam. To begin the process of bringing your scammer to justice click HERE.
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