Amazon 30th Anniversary Free Gift: How The Scam Works
Watch out for the new Amazon 30th anniversary free gift scam going around today. As you can probably imagine, it refers to a bogus celebration and prize coming from Amazon after three decades since its launch. This fake anniversary gift – such as a free smartphone – is part of a long list of Amazon scams that we have been exposing lately. But let’s take an in-depth look at the scheme.
Here is the content of the notification:
“Amazon 30th anniversary celebration! We give our members 1 free spin for chance to win many exclusive prizes.
As a matter of fact, the text above contains a few grammar mistakes as well.
Amazon Anniversary: Fake Spin
So how does the Amazon 30th anniversary free gift scam work? The crooks try to trick their victims into clicking a link. As in many other cases, this takes you to a survey website that collects personal information. If this bogus survey is completed, the participants are taken to a fake “Amazon anniversary prizes” page that offers the victims one free spin – of course, for a free gift to be redeemed.
The suspicious page also contains fake Facebook comments that claim the Amazon 30th anniversary free gift is legit, but this is just a trick used to lure you into participating. Stay away. This type of approach is perpetrated in many phishing scams all over the Internet, whether it is about smartphones (see the Equifax Text Scam), tablets, or any other cool gadgets.
Not to mention the fact that Amazon just turned 26-year-old, not 30. The company was launched by Jeff Bezos in 1994.
How To Report the Amazon 30th Anniversary Scam
Let your family and online friends know about the Amazon 30th Anniversary Scam by distributing this article on your social media platforms. Also, you can officially report crooks and other suspicious Amazon activities to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) using this link:
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