Amazon Scam Protection – The Recent Update (July Edition)

Smishing scams are growing more sophisticated as time goes on: Scam messages have been known to be sent to customers by inserting themselves into threads of legitimate messages, such as those they may have gotten from Amazon.
July 22, 2022
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Hackers constantly search for new and innovative methods to deceive users into turning over their money. Now, to prevent something like that, Amazon is implementing a new safety measure.

To implement this new email verification system, Amazon is collaborating with several email providers, including Gmail, Yahoo!, and AOL. If you have an account with Amazon, you should start seeing their “Smile” logo on your computer and mobile device whenever you receive an email from the company.

Rossen Reports was given the following statement from Amazon: “Our recent email on scam avoidance reflects an ongoing effort to educate and protect customers from criminals.

Recent initiatives include a customer self-service reporting tool that enables individuals to report suspicious communications, email verification technology that assists customers in recognizing phishing scams, and an email campaign that provides customers with advice on how to avoid potential risks. 

We always pay attention to what our customers have to say and make use of the information gained from the reports they submit in order to make ongoing improvements to our systems, ensure that bad actors are held accountable by reporting them to law enforcement and guide our efforts to educate the general public.

You can double-check that a scammer is not emailing you by looking at the sender’s email address and ensuring that it is truly coming from Amazon.com and that no additional letters, numbers, or symbols are added to it.

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Keep in mind that you should not open an email that sounds strange and should not click on any links that are contained inside the email. Go to the company’s website and sign in to your account if you truly want to find out the status of an order the company has processed for you.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, you can refer to the assistance page on Amazon dedicated to preventing scams.

How to Recognize an Amazon Email, Call, Text Message, or Web Page

Email

Emails that are phishing or spoofing are fraudulent emails that seek to get you to provide personal information about yourself. 

In most cases, they are constructed to appear as though they originated from Amazon. If you get an email that claims to be from Amazon and you have reason to believe it is a phishing or spoofing email, here are some things you should keep an eye out for in the message:

  • Amazon will never send an email requesting personally identifiable information from a customer
  • Amazon will never ask you to update payment information that is not associated with an order you have placed with Amazon or a service you have subscribed to offered by Amazon

Note: Visit My Orders. The message is not from Amazon if you are not asked to change your payment method on that screen. Make careful to verify the email header’s true sender address and domain by clicking on the sender name in the “From” field, depending on the browser or device being used (fraudsters can easily insert a fake name as “Amazon” associated with a fake email address).

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Emails from Amazon will always have the @amazon.co.uk suffix (for example, shipment-tracking@amazon.co.uk, auto-confirm@amazon.co.uk, and no-reply@amazon.co.uk). The email domain will reflect the country you are purchasing from if you purchase from one of Amazon’s foreign websites; for example, all correspondence will come from @amazon.de if you purchase Amazon.de.

Note: The sequence of letters placed after the @sign in an email address is known as the email domain. Although fraudulent emails are made to appear as though they are from Amazon, the email domain is impossible to copy.

Links to official Amazon websites begin with https://www.amazon.co.uk or, if you’re on an overseas Amazon site, https://www.amazon.fr (for the French site, for example). A dot is placed before “amazon.co.uk” on legitimate Amazon websites, for instance, https://www.something”.amazon.co.uk or “something”.amazon.co.uk.

Amazon Pay is pay.amazon.co.uk, for example. IP addresses (strings of numbers) such as http://123.456.789.123/amazon.co.uk/ will never appear in the text before the dot. Remember: If you think an email you received is fake, never click on a link, open an attachment, or reply to it.

If you accidentally click on a link or button, please verify that the website address is a valid Amazon URL before entering any information.

WORRIED THAT SOMEONE HAS YOUR PERSONAL & BUSINESS INFORMATION?

With how easy it is for scammers to acquire your data, it’s reasonable to be alarmed. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting advice from experts. 

We will guide and even help you get your money back from scammers.

Call

Here are some warning signs to watch out for if you get a shady phone call claiming to be from Amazon:

  • Amazon will never ask for payment from you and will never issue a refund that you did not anticipate receiving.
  • Amazon will never ask you to make a payment elsewhere other than on our website (e.g. via bank transfer, emailing credit card details, sharing gift card details over the phone, etc.)

·  Amazon will never ask you to install an app or provide other information that would give them remote access to your device.

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Messages

Smishing scams are growing more sophisticated as time goes on: Scam messages have been known to be sent to customers by inserting themselves into threads of legitimate messages, such as those they may have gotten from Amazon. 

If you get a strange text message from someone pretending to be Amazon, which is frequently referred to as smishing, here are some indicators you should watch out for:

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  • Scam messages will frequently tell you that there is an issue with your account, ask for sensitive information such as passwords, or suggest that you are entitled to a reimbursement. Amazon would never send you a text message asking for your password or other sensitive information.
  • Amazon will never ask for your personal information or ask you to make a payment outside of our website (such as by bank transfer, by emailing credit card details, etc.). Additionally, Amazon will never ask for remote access to your device, such as by requesting you to install an application.

If you get a message like this, please report it by clicking Report a Suspicious Communication. Action Fraud can also be contacted at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk to report this as phishing.

If you believe your account information may have been compromised because you opened a phishing email or SMS or provided personal information over the phone, please read Protect Your Account for advice.

Ezchargeback is here to help you recover your money and get your life back. We also have guides and news alerts that can aid you.

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