Scammers are trying to scam Amazon Prime members. There were apparently problems with the payment information. Amazon offers its customers these tips to protect themselves from cyber gangsters.
Amazon Prime customer: this is how the new scams work
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A new nasty scam attempt, which has been circulating since the beginning of the week, is aimed specifically at Amazon Prime customers, as consumer advocates warn. According to this, the scammers send emails claiming that the subscription bill for the Amazon Prime subscription cannot be paid due to a problem with the card. Therefore, the Amazon Prime subscription was suspended. In order for the user to be able to use their Amazon Prime account again, they must update their payment information within six days. Otherwise, your Amazon Prime membership will be terminated.
To do this, the recipient of the e-mail must click on the link contained in the text of the e-mail. As always with such phishing emails, this does not lead to the correct login page, but to a fake fraud page where your Amazon account login details are intercepted.
Delete this mail without clicking on anything in it.
How to spot the fake
Amazon would address each customer personally, but that’s not the case with this phishing email. Furthermore, the monthly costs stated for the Amazon Prime subscription are also wrong. Because the post mentions € 10.71 plus taxes. The Prime subscription, in fact, costs 7.99 euros per month. Tip: The annual subscription costs 69 euros.
Because of the generally worded “Hello” greeting and also the otherwise neutral text, cyber gangsters are likely to not only send this phishing mail specifically to actual owners of an Amazon Prime account, but instead send it to a large pool of mail. addresses under the “cluster bomb principle,” which likely includes many non-Amazon Prime customers. The criminals are confident that there are already some Prime customers among the recipients and that some of them will actually fall into this scam.
Security tips from Amazon
On this page, Amazon provides detailed information on how to determine if an email, phone call, or text message came from Amazon. Amazon states, “Amazon will never ask you for your personal information in emails, SMS messages or calls.” Amazon.de further points out that “Amazon.de emails always come from an address that points to @ amazon.de ends (eg shipping- firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, no- firstname.lastname@example.org) “. And again: “If you buy from another international Amazon site, the email domain indicates the country in which you make the purchase (eg all communications from Amazon.co.uk come from the @ amazon.co.uk domain).”
You can also report a suspicious message claiming to be from Amazon on this Amazon website.