AMAZON shoppers are being warned of a phishing email scam that is making a comeback after surprising customers before.
Tech experts say hackers can steal account information through an invoice scam.
The email looks like an Amazon invoice asking the recipient to verify a fake order.
A link appears to direct the victim to Amazon’s website, but is used by scammers to load a fake site that they can use to steal your login information.
A North Carolina woman spoke to WSOC-TV saying she received a fake invoice claiming she ordered nearly $2,700 worth of tech equipment.
But looking closely at the email, there are red flags, including bad formatting.
The email also lists a number to call if the customer thinks the order was in error – but the number is also not connected to Amazon and is used by cyber thieves to exploit their victims.
The robo number returns the victim’s call a few hours later asking for the person’s card details to stop the order from going through.
The scammer can then use the card details to steal money from the victim’s account.
Amazon has information on its website about these fake emails.
“You may receive emails from Amazon, such as Sold, Ship Now, or Technical Notification emails. However, sometimes you may receive emails that are not actually from Amazon. “Amazon, although at first glance they may appear to be. Instead, these emails are faked and attempt to trick you into revealing sensitive information about your account,” the website states.
Amazon offers advice to follow if a customer thinks they might be the victim of an attack.
The company said it will not request bank account information, credit card numbers, PINs for credit card security codes via email.
They also won’t ask for the mother’s maiden name or other identifiable information.
Passwords for Amazon or Seller Central accounts will also not be requested.
Examining the email for grammatical or typographical errors is also a useful tactic to find a scam.
The company said it’s also important never to follow instructions in a dodgy email, including clicking a link to unsubscribe, because many hackers use it to build a list of email addresses. active emails.
If an offer seems too good to be true, Amazon said it probably is and will never log into the account from a link embedded in one of those emails.
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