Amazon Locked Account Scam

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Amazon Locked Account Scam: How It Works

Watch out for the new Amazon Locked Account scam. It is a text message claiming to be from Amazon’s headquarters and informing you that your account could be compromised after being accessed in a different country. The scammers ask you to verify your account in order to unlock it. It is a classic phishing scheme that also happens in an email version. Let’s see.

Here is how the Amazon Locked Account scam works:

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Amazon Locked Account Text: How To Avoid

Here is the content of the Amazon locked account text message (word for word): “Your account has just entered from a new device. Here’s the information that we have: IP Address: 6.3.29.34; Country: Cameroon. For security reasons of the Amazon community, we lock your account to avoid illegal activities from your account. You can reuse your Amazon after you verify the account ownership by clicking the link below“.

This text is full of grammar mistakes. Horrendous. If you spotted them, it’s easy for you to avoid the scam. Unfortunately, thousands of others do not notice the red flags.

The locked Amazon account scam is not new. They will probably keep coming for the next few months, too.



How To Spot Red Flags

Whether it is about the Amazon Locked account scam or other suspicious text messages coming from fake brands, here are 6 signs that can help you identify fraud:



  1. A link in a message looks right, but the URL doesn’t match the company’s website.
  2. The other way around: branding is replicated almost perfectly, but the link seems weird (look at the image above to see different foreign characters in the word “Amazon”).
  3. The sender’s phone number doesn’t match the company’s name that it claims to be from.
  4. The message looks different from other text messages you’ve received from the company.
  5. The text message is unsolicited and contains an attachment.
  6. The message requests personal information, like a credit card number or login credentials.

 



Amazon Account Locked Text: How To Report a Scammer

Warn your family and online friends about the Amazon Account Locked Text. Please share this article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers and the suspicious numbers to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here




 

How To Prevent Identity Theft

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