Amazon Phishing E-mails Resurface to Hit Unwitting Internauts
According to security researchers, phishing e-mails purporting to be from Amazon, an e-commerce firm of multinational stature and based in USA, have yet again surfaced as they strike unwitting Internauts, reports softpedia.com dated August 13, 2014.
Displaying a header - "Congratulations! You Are the Winner of a Discount Coupon For 90%" and addressing recipients as "Dear Customer," the fraudulent e-mail containing one fake coupon ID tells that on Amazon.com's 20th birthday, the company has randomly selected over 1m buyers during the first phase followed with selecting only 10,000 who're winners of the special rebate coupon worth a good 90%.
The coupon, which can be used to buy any Amazon product, is available from a given web-link, the e-mail states. It (e-mail) further states that the web-link leading onto the coupon will remain active for just 24-hrs from when recipients get the electronic mail, while the coupon itself will be valid for 30 days.
But, Amazon hasn't sent the e-mail while its recipient isn't any winner of the claimed discount coupon. Rather it's a phishing e-mail crafted for seizing the user's financial and other personal details. So, incase anyone follows the web-link labeled 'coupon code,' he'll view a fraudulent site resembling the original login page of Amazon.com where if he logs in by entering his Amazon account details, he'll likely view yet another fraudulent page, which will direct him to provide his credit card particulars along with more personal info.
Unfortunately, if the user makes the mistake of submitting the details asked for, they'll get dispatched to the cyber crooks executing the phishing scam. These crooks may subsequently gain admission into his Amazon account followed with utilizing it for carrying out fake transactions.
The crooks may as well utilize the victim's credit card for conducting more fraud, security researchers elaborate. Therefore, suppose anybody has got the above e-mail, he's advised against doing as per the instructions inside the message rather he should delete it. Nevertheless, suppose he has already been victimized because he followed the web-link as well as entered his credentials on the phishing site then he must reset his Amazon password, the researchers add.