Amazon scam mail doing the rounds. Beware.
It’s being widely reported that numerous Amazon shoppers in the USA, UK and Australia have a received a scam email, often called phishing, with the aim of getting hold of personal details for nefarious purposes.
The email comes in the form of an alert to a shopper saying that there is a problem with an order, and they may have problems accessing their account. The email provides a link. If you click on the link, then you are offered the chance to enter personal details such as bank account information.
Needless to say, the link isn’t to Amazon but a webpage that aims to harvest data. If you’ve received it, don’t click on the link and delete the email. If you need to access your Amazon account type the URL in manually into your browser. Amazon has published a guide to dealing with phishing emails here. It says: “Amazon.co.uk will never ask you for the following information in an e-mail communication:
– Your National Insurance Number
– Your bank account information, credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code (including “updates” to any of the above)
– Your mother’s maiden name or other information to identify you (such as your place of birth or your favourite pet’s name)
– Your Amazon.co.uk password”
We haven’t seen a copy of the email but if you have please do take a screengrab and send it over.