Watch out for this scam from Amazon

I have been spending a lot of time going through several emails from Amazon. It seems that I have been ordering a lot of different products from Amazon lately. I can’t remember ordering any of the items, and that’s why I kept reading every detail. It seems that the emails are from Amazon, and it looks close to identical to the emails I have been receiving from Amazon as receipts.

This is how they look:

amazon scam

The first thing I noticed was that the billing address on the receipt wasn’t my address. So, I thought that my account had been hacked. But when I looked at the links at the learn more and the your account information, the url wasn’t to Amazon at all, it was to a completely different website. I didn’t click on the links. I just copied the links and added them into a text editor to see them. This is important.

Now, that I’ve discovered the scam. I have reported the scam to Google and I have reported it to Amazon. The method is actually called phishing. It’s a method to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy company.

Is it just me. Or have you been experienced any scams like this lately?

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Rajkumar Jonnala
2 years 3 months ago

so its the true thing mentioned as of one of the blogger as I haven’t received any emails about this scam after I wrote the post about it, so hopefully we’re all safe now. Like you, I have received a lot of emails with scams. I have received so many from I hardly ever look at them any more So, I thought that my account had been hacked. But when I looked at the links at the learn more and the your account information, the your l wasn’t to Amazon at all, it was to a completely different website. I didn’t click on the links.

2 years 3 months ago

It’s great that you didn’t click on the links. I was sure that it was real until I discovered the fake links :)

Sonia
2 years 3 months ago

I haven’t heard about that scam, but I am not surprised. I get tons of these emails with Paypal all the time. Most times it will say your account has been limited and to login. When you look at the email it came from it was is very different than Paypals. I never click on any link unless I know the user, but still I prefer just typing the address in so if I did something wrong I can blame myself. Now with Amazon that is totally new and I appreciate the heads up as I have been shopping there as of late.

2 years 3 months ago

I haven’t received any emails about this scam after I wrote the post about it, so hopefully we’re all safe now. Like you, I have received a lot of emails with Paypal scams. I have received so many from “paypal” that I hardly ever look at them anymore :)

Rich Blogger
2 years 4 months ago

Classic phishing scam. The best defenses you can use are 1) a decent email client such as gmail 2) a spyware/adware program such as Avast! 3) Google Chrome and 4) Chrome apps that check a websites validity.

1. Gmail wouldn’t have ever let this into your inbox. It woud’ve gone to spam. USE GMAIL!
2. Even if it got past gmail’s spam filter, Avast would’ve alerted you if you had clicked on that link that the website was not valid.
3. Not only would have Avast! alerted you, but so would have Google Chrome if you had installed it.
4. Finally, there are are chrome extensions such as Don’tPhishMe would’ve blocked this as well.

There you go. Four layers of protection for you to use!

Khaja moin
2 years 4 months ago

I got such mails from Fake Google shopping. To advertise on Google.
When I clicked it took me to fake gmail login page. But when I saw the URL, it was not using some other domain other than Google.com

~@khajamoin1

Aayna
2 years 4 months ago

Hey Jens,
I have been a regular customer of amazon.com, and this is a shocking new for me. Thanks for spreading the word of caution. I will certainly keep a check on the mails.

2 years 4 months ago

That’s exactly why I am spreading the word. I am a regular customer as well, and I almost clicked on the links, because I couldn’t see that it was from someone else. I was sure that it was from Amazon.