5 Tips to Avoid Amazon Prime Day Scams: Don’t Let Scammers Ruin the Fun

    Amazon Prime Day Scams

    Amazon Prime Day 2021 will be live on June 21 and 22. As you are excited about this big event, Amazon Prime Day scams are also at your door, coming in many ways.

    In this post, we will share 2 tactics scammers use: fake Amazon websites and text messages with phishing links, along with 5 tips to avoid them. Are you ready to combat these scams and shop safely?

    Fake Amazon Websites

    Scammers manage to create deliberate, paralleling Amazon websites to the legitimate one. Here’s an example:

    Fake Amazon website
    Fake Amazon website.

    It is hard to tell this Amazon page is a PHISHING site if it were not for the web address. Please always remember that the genuine Amazon website’s domain should be https://www.amazon.com/.

    Don’t purchase anything from a fake website. Your goods will never arrive, and scammers will record your credit card details. Plus, there is no guarantee when it comes to disputes or refunds!

    Amazon Phishing Text Messages

    Scammers also send phishing links via text messages and prompt you to click on the link with various excuses.

    The bottom lines remain the same: once you click it, you will be taken to a web page and asked to enter sensitive personal information such as banking details. Scammers will then record the data you provide and use it to steal your money as well as your identity.

    Here are some examples we’ve observed this week. You might think they are familiar because we have written about them for several times:

    • Fake 30th Anniversary Giveaway
      Scammers impersonate Amazon and send you phishing links, falsely claiming that they are celebrating their 30th anniversary and giving away gifts. Don’t click on the link!
      -hxxp://xtotw6[.]cxcjghh[.]cn/ (URL) hxxp://cpcb0y[.]17clean[.]net/ (URL) Amazon 30th anniversary celebration Free gifts for everyone
    Spot the Scam_Amazon celebration_0618_1
    Amazon phishing message. Source: Rappler
    • Fake Amazon Rewards
      –Rick, you still have $150  Amazon Bonus credit: w1fbv{.]info/(URL) See what you can buy before it expires on 03/23
      –FINAL NOTICE: Wil, please confirm the details for shipment ID: AmazonRewards J62H8 here: <URL> Description: $110 bounty
    • Fake Payment Notification
      –Dispatched: Dear Customer, Credit Card – Amazon Pay ICICI Bank Credit Card for ICICI Bank Acct XX3009 is sent by Blue Dart Courier, AWB 38534781552 on 09-JUN-21. Track status at <URL>
    • Fake Package Delivery
      –Delivered: Your Amazon package with Mayfair Games CN3025 Catan: Junior and 1 other item was delivered. More info at <URL>
    • Fake Amazon Raffle
      –Amazon: Congratulations Clifford, you came in 1st in this week’s Amazon pods raffle! Click the link to  : <URL>

    No matter which trick you fall into, once you click on the link in the text message, it will lead you to a fake online survey page and ask you to finish it for expensive rewards.

    Spot the Scam_Amazon Survey_0611
    Amazon survey scam.

    After that, you will have to enter personal information and banking details to “pay” for your gift. This is when you hand in sensitive credentials to scammers!

    Spot the Scam_Amazon_0528-2
    Amazon survey scam.

    5 Tips to Stay Safe on Amazon Prime Day

    • Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address and a website’s web address.
    • Never spend a cent on non-official Amazon websites.
    • Reach out to the Amazon official website or customer support directly for help.
    • Too-good-to-be-true offers are a major red flag.
    • NEVER click links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to detect scams with ease!

    Send a link or a screenshot of suspicious text messages to Trend Micro Check on WhatsApp for immediate scam detection:

    Trend Micro Check is available on WhatsApp.

    Trend Micro Check is also available as a Chrome extension. It will detect and block dangerous sites for you automatically:

    TMC Amazon Prime Day scam
    Trend Micro Check blocks dangerous sites for you automatically.

    Or download Trend Micro Maximum Security for a wider range of protection, including:

    • Web Threat Protection when browsing the internet, defending you against bad websites that can steal your data or download malicious files.
    • Machine Learning, to protect you from new and unknown threats.
    • Ransomware protection via Folder Shield, to stop unauthorized changes and back-up files encrypted by suspicious programs.
    • Anti-phishing and anti-spam protection for Outlook clients, as well as Gmail and Outlook webmail on the PC, and Gmail webmail on the Mac.
    • Privacy Scanner (for Facebook and Twitter), Social Networking Protection for protection against malicious links in social networks, Pay Guard for protecting your online banking and buying.
    • Parental Controls to limit which software and websites you kids may use.

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