Amazon & PayPal Scams – Fake Security Alerts & Billing Messages

Amazon & PayPal Scams – Fake Security Alerts & Billing MessagesShutterstock

Have you received a text that says your Amazon or PayPal account is suspended due to unusual log-in activity? Hold on and don’t click anything yet – its’ a SCAM!

We’ve discovered a wave of phishing attempts in which scammers pose as Amazon and send people text messages with malicious links. They falsely claim that you have to verify your account via the attached link, or your Amazon account will be terminated.

If you fall for it and do as instructed,  you will be taken to a fake Amazon website that requires you to submit log-in credentials and other personal information. Once the scammers have got their hands on that, they will be able to commit other crimes — in your name! Read on for some examples:

#1 – Amazon

Unknown Log-in Attempts

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Source: Reddit

SMS Scam Content:

  • Notification We’ve suspended your Amazon due to unusual activity. Login attempt from: [ 58.30.57.191 – Brunei ] DeviceL Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 7.5) Our system has been locked your Amazon account To unlock your Amazon account, please verify your identity below : <URL> You need to verify your account before 26 Jun, 2022 or your Amazon account will be terminated

Another example – log-in attempts from Russia?

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Source: Reddit

Billing Issues

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Source: Reddit

SMS Scam Content:

  • Notification From Amazon: We’ve locked your Amazon account due to a billing issue. To unlock your Amazon account, please click link below: <URL> Please take action on your account within 48 hours to avoid permanent suspension. Regards, Amazon Service

#2 – PayPal

Unknown Log-in Attempts

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Source: Reddit

Billing Issues

SMS Scam Content:

  • we’ve suspend your pαypαl accοunt due to billing issue.we weren’t able to process billing payment due to a problem with your card. this means your account are on hold. to update your pαypαl account, please verify with link below: {URL} you need to take action within 24 hours before account will be suspended. regards, pαypαl teams

Again, these attached links will take you to a fake PayPal log-in page. Don’t give out any personal information here!

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Sample fake PayPal log-in page.

How to Protect Yourself

  • Double-check the sender’s mobile number/email address.
  • Turn to official websites to confirm any details regarding your account.
  • NEVER click links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to detect scams with ease!

Trend Micro Check is a browser extension and mobile app for detecting scams, phishing attacks, malware, and dangerous links — and it’s FREE!

After you’ve pinned the Trend Micro Check extension, it will block dangerous sites automatically! (Available on Safari, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge).

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You can also download the Trend Micro Check mobile app for 24/7 automatic scam and spam detection and filtering. (Available for Android and iOS).

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Check out this page for more information on Trend Micro Check.

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