Amazon Prime members, beware. If you recently made a purchase on Amazon Prime Day, you could be the next victim of an e-mail phishing scam. And the scary part is that the scam looks so real.
People who bought something on Amazon Prime Day have been receiving very official-looking e-mails that thank them for their recent purchase and ask them to write a review for a "bonus" of $50. But as consumer technology expert Kim Komando explains, this so-called "bonus" is a bunch of baloney.
She says when customers click on the link, it forwards them to a spoofed Amazon website that asks for their login info — and, frighteningly enough, clicking on these links can lead to a malware infection on your computer or ransomware that can encrypt sensitive files. Yikes!
So we don't have to tell you twice not to click on an e-mail like this if you end up receiving it in your inbox. But that doesn't mean you should stand idly by either. Check out your information on the Amazon Payment website and then contact the Amazon team at firstname.lastname@example.org to alert them about the scam e-mail you received. But after you notify them, be sure that you quickly delete the e-mail.
Word to the wise: Amazon has a list for your convenience on all the things you should look out for when you're determining whether an e-mail is truly from Amazon or not. Among the suspicious factors, be wary of e-mails that request your username and password, confirm an order that you definitely didn't purchase, request payment information updates, or contain obvious typos or grammatical errors.
Happy (and safe) shopping!
h/t Country Living