October 16, 2020 In Amazon, Prime

Aemilius Cupero News: Amazon Prime shoppers targeted by scammers

Aemilius Cupero News:

Earlier this week, Amazon Prime customers were treated to the 48 hour Prime Day event.

Prices were slashed on thousands of products.

Headphones, TVs, laptops and kitchen appliances were just some of the discounted items. Shoppers rushed to the site to bag some early Christmas presents.

Police in the north east have now issued a warning to Amazon Prime Day customers. Criminals have reportedly been impersonating the retail giant to steal financial and personal information.

Two of the key scams are based around Prime Day order cancellations and returns. Shoppers are directed to a fake website, where financial and personal details are taken, eports the Mirror.

Cleveland Police tweeted: “On the final day of Prime Day, colleagues at @nerccu are warning of an Amazon phishing campaign.

“The phishing campaign impersonates Amazon with ‘returns’ and ‘order cancellations’ in relation to Prime Day.

“If you have been impacted by this, please report to @actionfrauduk “

The North East Regional Cyber Crime Unit warned: “Security researchers from Bolster have observed a recent spike in phishing campaigns ahead of the upcoming Prime Day retail event on 13-14 October.

“The sophisticated campaigns attempt to leverage both Amazon features and consumer behaviours to lure victims to fraudulent webpages that harvest financial information, credentials and other sensitive data.

“One new campaign targets ‘returns’ and ‘order cancellations’ related to Prime Day orders using a fraudulent site, www.amazoncustomersupport[.]net, that impersonates a legitimate Amazon site.”

Consumers have been reminded to follow the Take Five to Stop Fraud advice and remember that criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police.

The three key messages are:

  • Stop  : Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • Challenge  : Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse, or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • Protect  : Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

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