Amazon Prime Review Scam
Amazon Prime Review Scam: How It Works
Amazon has become the biggest source of online shopping in the world, making its owner Jeff Bezos officially the richest man in the world in July 2017. The platform reached an unbelievable number of 306 items sold every second.
One of Amazon’s best services is Amazon Prime, which delivers your purchases within two days, amongst other benefits. Also, every year Amazon hosts Prime Day, which is the online version of Black Friday.
Chances are, you purchased something over the last year on Amazon. If you did, you could soon become a victim of an elaborate scam. How does it work?
An official-looking email is targeting all the users of the retailer nowadays. If you are one of them, the message is thanking you for your recent purchase on Amazon Prime Day and invites you to write a review in exchange for a $50 prize.
The link directs consumers to a fake Amazon website that requests your username and password. Clicking the link generates a malware infection or ransomware onto your device, which can then encrypt your important files.
Amazon warns its buyers to always beware of suspicious emails or webpages that claim to be from the retailer.
In a different variation of the Amazon Prime scam, victims receive continuous phone calls from random numers. They are informed that their Amazon Prime is about to be cancelled unless they provide personal information. One of the area code numbers that scammers use is (402). Beware!
Amazon Prime Review Scam: How To Avoid
Look for clues of inauthenticity, including typos, grammatical errors or prompts to install software on your computer. Watch out for other indicators like requests for your Amazon username and password, payment information, or other personal info. Pay attention when you receive an order confirmation for an item you didn’t purchase, which is also a red flag.
To determine if you’ve got one of these spam emails, double check the “from” line of the email; an Internet Service Provider (ISP) other than @amazon.com could indicate it’s a fake.
Don’t click on the links provided in the email. Delete the email. Be also aware of related fraudulent activities such as the Amazon Login Attempt Scam, the Amazon Reviews Scam or the Fake Amazon Shipment.
Amazon Prime Review Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
You can also write an email to Amazon at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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