I love receiving packages from an Amazon order, however the phishing scams out there are using this trend to try and steal your digital identity. Just now I received the following email message:
Right away my suspicions were high, because the real Amazon knows my First and Last name, along with my actual account number, while this scammer opens with, “Dear Valued Customer“.
Another clue is that the real Amazon always has a link to the actual ordered products, while this scam has no links at all.
Looking at the email From address reveals an address that has nothing to do with amazon.com, rather it’s a free gmail.com address, always a scam:
The typical phishing scam wants me to click on their link, then get directed to a fake amazon.com login, that actually steals my credentials. Instead, this scam wants me to phone an 831 number, someplace in California, while the real Amazon has a toll-free 800 number.
Keep vigilant about all emails reporting to come from an online company, like Amazon, and others. A legitimate email from an online order will always have:
- First and Last name
- Correct account number
- Link to the product(s) purchased
- Email from address that is legitimate
- Proper English grammar
- A corporate logo
- Typical legal boiler plate wording in the footer
- A toll-free 800 phone number to contact with any questions
- A legitimate tracking link for USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.