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Shoppers Fooled in Amazon Cyber Scam

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Amazon online shoppers in Cheshire are being warned about an email scam, which is putting people out of pocket by posing as the retail giant Amazon.

The fake message appears to be sent from ‘service@amazon.co.uk’, it mimics an automatic notification and claims recipients have purchased something online.

The emails are trying to make individuals click, so that they can get their bank card details.

It has been reported that one victim in Manchester had £750 stole from his bank account after entering his bank card detail in the fake email.

Local police and other authorities have been aware of this incident and they warn about the scam and posted information about how to avoid being tricked.

Action Fraud, the national cyber crime reporting centre has stated that it has received information from people who have been sent ‘convincing’ emails claiming to be sent from Amazon.

One of the victims has received an email stating that they had placed an order on an expensive vintage chandelier, whereas others found they had supposedly purchased stereos, cameras, IPhones and luxury watches.

The ‘convincing’ part of the email scam is that they cleverly state that if recipients have not authorised the transaction, they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund.  This link leads to an authentic looking website, which asks victims to enter their personal details such as their name, address, and the bank card information.

Amazon said it would never ask for customer’s personal information to be filled in via email and warn their online shoppers to be aware.

If you have received similar emails and would like help, please contact

Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

 

Michelle Chan

January 16, 2017

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