Customers of Amazon Warned of Fake E-mails Offering Gift Card
According to security experts of security firm ThreatTrack Security, customers of Amazon are advised to be aware of scam emails which promise a complimentary gift card worth 50.00 Pound ($80/60 Euros).
Notably, Amazon.com, Inc. is an American multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States.
The fake Amazon emails entitled "Your Complimentary 50.00 Pound Gift Card" and read as "Great News; As a token of thanks for being loyal customer, we are giving you a complimentary Gift card worth 50.00 Pound which can be used on Amazon.co.uk. You can redeem the voucher and use it for any order for full or part payment and it is valid till 30/09/2013."
"You can also personalize the gift card with a design and message of your choice if you plan to gift it to another person."
"We hope you continue to avail our service at Amazon for a long time and we will continue to offer you the best available deals."
Researchers of ThreatTrack highlight that the mails are nice and look professional but the only real giveaway is a display of Tinyurl link instead of Amazon URL over the "Redeem gift card" button.
Clicking on the Tinyurl link directs end-users to a very nice looking set of pages designed to offer so called gift card and then extract personal information including credit card number, name, address and DOB (date of birth).
Amazon customers have spotted these emails in around June 2013 and observed something particular about this campaign which has made it stand out.
Users are advised to be extra cautious while entering their personal and financial details online. Generally, make sure that the websites which request your data is protected by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate indicated by the padlock icon and the https connection.
Finally, this is not the first time that Amazon has been targeted by fraudsters since the beginning of 2013. In May 2013, security firm Sophos warned Internauts about a wave of malicious emails which had been spammed by online criminals hidden as legitimate communications from the UK branch of Amazon.
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