Amazon Shopping Credits Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Amazon is growing its business by the hour, 197 million people visiting the website every month. Regardless of what kind of account you have, regular or Prime, you may become a victim of the latest scheme using the name of the company. The scam comes as an email claiming to be from the Amazon headquarters. How does it work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Amazon Shopping Credits scam exposed:
The email informs you that you have some credits worth $75, which you can cash out right away or that use on your next purchase.
This credit was apparently awarded because of some recent transactions or promotions. The victim is urged to cash out or use the credit before the end of ‘this month’ – which, of course, could be any month – as scammers send this email all year long.
This way, criminals create the sense of urgency, which makes a lot of people send in their personal information.
The email reads (see pic below):
“This is to update you on your available Amazon shopping credits. You have $75 in credits available. Your shopping credits will automatically be applied to your next order*. You are a valued customer for us! We hope to see you again soon.
Click HERE to cash out your credit!
If you have any questions, Please feel free to contact us.
*Please note that if your credits are from a return, they will apply to the entire value of any order you place, including taxes and shipping. If your credits are from a promotion, they will only apply to the value of the products in any order you place. If a transaction has taken place since we checked your account for available credits, the amount listed above may no longer reflect the amount in your account.”
Once victims click on the HERE highlighted word, they are taken to a page that replicates the original Amazon website. There, the user is required to use the credential to log in, which leads to identity theft and credit card fraud.
Amazon Shopping Credits Scam: How To Avoid
It’s always a good idea to look for the red flags, first. For example, this email came to Scam Detector from a non-existent domain name located overseas. You can look for the origin of a domain name on websites like Whois.
The content of the email is also written in bad grammar, while the message itself has absolute no Amazon branding. However, be careful about those, too.
Amazon Shopping Credits Scam: How To Report
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