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 back a few years ago. 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.

amazon prime day review email

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 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:

Report To The FTC Here

You can also write an email to Amazon at:


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2 thoughts on “Amazon Prime Review Scam”

  1. My name is being used for reviews of new products at amazon. I have been receiving several emails a day from amazon thanking me for my reviews and forwarding questions from customers who based on my reviews had purchased these products. My account at amazon was blocked so I have no access to it so I can not close it. I have contacted amazon at least 20 times. No solution or action was taken. Not to mention I used to receive three to two packages a day from amazon without ordering them. It took me three weeks to stop it. After my intervention the packages were directed to a new address still using my account.

  2. Hi, In my case I purchased two items from Amazon, but now find somehow I have been subscribed to Amazon Prime, a music, etc. subscription service and my Mastercard was charged AUS$12.54. How does that work? Have contacted my bank on the smae day I saw the charge and cancelled my card. But how do I get my money back?

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