Amazon Prime Text Scam: How It Works
Got a gift from Amazon? There is a lot of unrest online these days in regards to a new Amazon Prime Text Scam. Many people have been getting text messages claiming to be from Amazon Prime regarding a gift that has been pending for three days. In a different variation, the text message could refer to a fake Amazon Prime Day winner.
The scammers tell recipients that the gift will be sent via USPS (the United States Postal Office). However, to receive the USPS delivery, the victim has to access a website where they need to fill out a survey.
Similar to the USPS Text Message scam, this one features a bunch of weird-looking websites, such as www.agvxw.com. Do not click on it, it is not from Amazon Prime nor USPS – and there is no gift involved. Here is a screenshot of the fake message:
The content varies from text to text, but states something along these lines:
“1. Your gift from AMAZON-PRIME has been pending for 3 days! Click here to claim it.”
2. Final notification regarding the USPS delivery 8J36A8 from 03/28/2020. Proceed to: www.agvxw.com”
Amazon Prime Gift Scam: How to Avoid
The Amazon Prime Gift Text Scam is one of the popular phishing scams going around these days. The same patterns have been applied to several similar Amazon scams. Alternatively, the webpages that are sent via the Amazon Prime Text message may contain a bogus tracking link’ or a different kind of notification.
For example, one informing you that the USPS is having difficulty delivering your Amazon Prime Gift. The tricks and landing pages are different all the time. However, the bottom line is that clicking on those compromised links redirect you to legitimate-looking forms that ask for your personal information. In other words, identity theft 101, depending on how much data you give away. Same for all the other text message scams going around.
Throw the message into the Trash bin and do your thing. Otherwise, you may even install malware on your device like in the Google Subpoena Email scam. Also, beware of many types of traps that are prevalent this time of the year, such as the Top Shelf Clubs and the FedEx Shipment Text Scam.
Amazon Prime Text Message: How To Report a Scammer
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