Today and tomorrow is “Amazon Prime Day”, a big sale organized by the online retailer to attract the interest of Amazon Prime members exclusively. Unfortunately, cybersecurity researchers are warning us of an increase in fraud and identity theft campaigns targeting Amazon shoppers.
Amazon Prime Day is one of the biggest events of the year for online shoppers. No wonder an event of this magnitude attracts the attention of all kinds of cybercriminals looking to trick their victims into revealing their passwords, personal data and credit card information.
According to recent data from security firm Check Point, the volume of fraudulent emails related to Amazon has increased by 37% within a month, and further increases are expected as we get closer to the event.
The company’s cyber intelligence team also identified 1,900 new domains that are in some way connected to the e-commerce giant, of which at least 9.5% were deemed “at risk”.
Amazon Prime Day Tricks
Scams can take many forms. Check Point researchers cite this example where fraudsters posed as a member of Amazon’s customer support team and reported a supposedly rescinded order to the victim. The message asked the target person to open an email attachment. This sounded like a bill, but it actually contained malware that could pave the way for a number of secondary attacks.
Recipients of another email campaign are asked to update their payment information on Amazon. The link provided in the email led to a page that looks a lot like the legitimate Amazon website, but is designed to harvest all the information entered by the victim.
How do you protect yourself?
The best advice we can give buyers to avoid falling victim to these scams is to protect their devices with quality antivirus software, but above all, to always be on the lookout. Fraudulent emails can often be identified. They sometimes contain misspellings or images whose accuracy leaves something to be desired.
Another basic precaution is to always visit Amazon sites by entering the site address into your browser, especially when going there to make purchases or to change your account settings.
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