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?

  • Joseph Hipolito

    We must share this in our friends, you make me nervous with this post, because I’m planning to buy now in amazon..

  • http://www.whoismicheleprice.com Michele Price (

    Working with a client who runs a cyber security business, I have learned the dark side of hacking and cyber crime. It does not serve you to act out of fear. It does serve you to learn how to protect yourself.

  • http://none Matt

    Article title is misleading, the scam is not “from” Amazon. Phishing scam perpetrated by someone other than Amazon.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    Hi Matt,

    The reason I used the title, is that the emails seems to be from Amazon. So that’s what we need to look out for. And everything looks close to identical to the emails from Amazon, and since I wrote this email to help people not fall for this phishing attempt, I believe that it’s appropriate to use the title.

    Thanks a lot for the feedback :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    That’s exactly what I believe Michele. I am now using a lot of various plugins and spam filters etc.. to prevent myself from hackers and phishing attempts. And, I still remember how it was like to get my gmail account hacked :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    You don’t have to worry about buying from Amazon. This is just a phishing attempt for someone pretending to be Amazon. So if you buy from Amazon you’ll be safe :)

  • http://adriennesmith.net/ Adrienne

    I’ve gotten these too Jens and have reported them to Amazon as well. I also get these for PayPal too so everyone should really be careful when opening these up. If you KNOW you didn’t order anything then never respond. If you KNOW you didn’t order anything then go straight to the source.

    Thanks for sharing this with people because a lot of them would panic and start clicking on those links. Very bad idea!

    ~Adrienne

  • http://www.startyournovel.com Bell

    This is nothing new. An all too common phishing strategy is to send emails that imitate official banking correspondence — and when you do click on the links these fake emails provide, they often take you to websites that look like your bank’s homepage but aren’t functional (not to you, I mean); the end goal is to open a back door into your computer so that they can install malware or download any personal information you might keep on your computer.

    I wasn’t aware of the fake Amazon emails, although I have been getting messages from “YouTube service” claiming that “[my] video has been approved.” Which is rather odd, considering I never posted any.

  • http://customersthatstick.com Adam

    Jens,

    Nice public service announcement! It’s not just Amazon. We’ve received phishing emails that look just like a Bank of America email, an American Express email, etc. You were aware enough to know something was up before clicking. A lot are not.

  • Jim Zboran

    Thanks for the heads-up, Jens. These have been becoming increasingly more sophisticated and harder to detect up front.

    I can usually tell what they are just by hovering my cursor over the link (without clicking!) to see where it goes to. Most URLs are obviously shams, but a few are pretty clever. In those cases, as with the more obvious links, every link in the email goes to the same place. Another clue that the email is phony.

    Thanks again, Jens.

  • http://extremelyaverage.com Brian D. Meeks (

    I hadn’t heard of this one, but I’m glad you mentioned it. I love Amazon and probably wouldn’t have looked closely enough to find the problems. The phishers certainly are getting clever…bastards.

  • http://www.wonderoftech.com Carolyn

    Yes, unfortunately, these phishing attacks are getting more sophisticated. I’m glad you reported them to Amazon, Jens. I hope Amazon acts quickly against these thieves!

  • http://MarthaGiffen.com Martha Giffen

    Great info! I’ve had this happen numerous times with the fake PayPal. Haven’t seen it with Amazon, or possibly haven’t noticed. Thanks for the reminder to be vigilant!

  • http://tim-bonner.com Tim Bonner

    Hi Jens

    I’ve not had something like this from Amazon but from Paypal, my bank and emails from the UK government about tax rebates are common phishing things I receive.

    They look so genuine. You know some people are still going to fall for this sort of stuff so good on you for raising awareness.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend Jens.

  • http://www.h4hitech.com Sapna

    Hi Jens

    The paypal mail which I received appeared to be so genuine that I was about to click, when I thought of just checking the Email ID, and that appeared to be fake.
    Thanks for sharing this info.

    Sapna

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    I receive more and more scams as well. And now I’m reading every single email, even from Amazon and Paypal 2 or 3 times just to make sure that it’s from them. I am not sure if it’s harder to find the criminals behind these emails, but it sure seems that way :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    Yes, I’ve received emails like this for a very long time. But, usually it’s easy to see that it’s a fake email. This one from Amazon was like the real thing. I almost clicked on the links to see why I had been charged for books I hadn’t bought. It was very close :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    I just had to make people aware of this Adam. I was very close to clicking on the links just to make sure my account hadn’t been hacked. And I’m usually very thorough when it comes to looking at the details in the emails I receive :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    I almost forgot to hover the cursor over the link. In this case I did it just before clicking. And I copied the link and added it to notepad just to take a closer look at it. They are getting more sophisticated, and it’s getting harder and harder to spot the phishing.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    That’s exactly why it was so hard to spot. I love Amazon as well, and I buy close to all my books from them. So, I didn’t think much about it when I recevied a receipt and an update on my order. But, when I looked at the receipt and couldn’t remember the title of the books, I had to take a closer look :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    It’s hard to spot the phishing. I receive many every single day, but this is the first I’ve received from someone claiming to be Amazon.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    I have received many from someone claiming to be PayPal as well. It’s been easier to spot, because all of them have been about confirming my address, or changing my password. But, a receipt from Amazon was different, and a lot harder to spot, especially since I order a lot of books from them.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    I’ve received many phishing attacks from people claiming to be my bank as well. At first it was hard to spot, because it was the first time I received it, but when they always wanted me to confirm something, and I had received information from the bank that they would never ask me to confirm anything in an email, it was easier to stay away from clicking on the links :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    That’s great that you didn’t click on the link. It’s hard to spot the phishing, but the email id or the links usually makes it a lot easier. I always check that before I click on anything from a company I do business with.

  • http://www.livingcolourlandscapes.com.au/ Aayna

    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.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    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.

  • http://capturedbloggingtips.com/ Khaja moin

    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

  • Jake

    I was conned out of £140 on amazon uk market place by a fake seller just this week, It looked as if many others were taken in by the same people, using a bankrupt company name and setting up as a seller(until rumbled) offering good deals that don’t exist, Amazon are investigating???????????

  • http://www.rich-blogger.com Rich Blogger

    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!

  • http://www.logallot.com Sonia

    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.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    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 :)

  • http://www.travelclap.com/ Rajkumar Jonnala

    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.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

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

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