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Amazon: Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from ‘email@example.com’ claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification. The scam email claims recipients have ordered expensive items such as stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information.
Amazon says that suspicious emails will often contain links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk but aren’t, typos or grammatical errors, and forged email addresses. Remember, like banks and building societies, Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail or over the phone.
Here are two that I have received personally.
BT: I received an email entitled ‘your bill is ready to view online’ which then claimed that to avoid having my service disconnected I should click on a link. I almost fell for it, but instead went onto the BT website and discovered that I did not have a bill due. On closer inspection, although the email looked genuine, including the sender’s name, the email address was not genuine. The idea of these tricks is to access your computer for malicious purposes. I then forwarded the email to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ which is BT’s site for suspect emails.
Mr Xi Sun: I received a letter about a Mr John James ‘who pass away since May 2005 in Shenzen’, apparently leaving an unclaimed deposit of $17 million. Mr Xi claimed to have access to the money and offered to share it with me as next of kin. I was urged to contact him on his email ASAP. In this case, by coincidence, I do have a brother John, who is alive and well and living in Michigan, USA. Secondly the sum involved was silly and thirdly the letter was posted in the UK.
Now these letters are quite common and, believe
it or not, people fall for them. Mr Xi and his like ask for a payment up front
to fund the necessary legal work, and of course nothing ever comes of it.
Tempting though it was to send him a rude email, I ignored the whole thing!
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