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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    • 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 :)

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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 :)

    • 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.

  5. 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.

    • 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 :)

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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