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Amazon Email Scam – How to Spot It

You may have seen a lot of emails from Amazon recently, with the subject: “Revision to Your Amazon“. I’ll show you a screenshot below of the ones I’m receiving, so you know how to spot it as an Amazon email scam trying to get your details by using phishing techniques – and to trash it or delete it immediately. Click the image to enlarge it if it’s not clear enough for you.

Amazon Scam Phishing Email

Amazon Scam Phishing Email

Ok – where do I start with this one?

  1. It’s from someone @mampm.ru – I thought it was from Amazon? If it was, it would say @amazon.co.uk or @amazon.com etc masquerading as “Edward Doyle” – I don’t know that name (or any of the dozens of others I’ve received).
  2. What’s with the chunky white border? Amazon’s emails always look very well formatted to me – and for a company that’s been around for many years, you would think they would get their emails formatted correctly by now!
  3. The subject: “Revision to Your Amazon” – I’ve spoken English all my life – that subject doesn’t make grammatical sense to me. Revision to my Amazon what exactly?
  4. A random “a” appears as if it’s floating like a dodgy assistant in a magic show! Why’s it there? What purpose does it have? None!!  Linked with (2) above – it’s a badly put together email template – something Amazon would not do.
  5. More funky formatting that would never get passed Jeff Bezos’ (Amazon founder) quality department.
  6. A random font change in the middle of a sentence. Either Amazon is letting itself go a bit, or “this isn’t from Amazon!
  7. Last time I saw a link formatted like that, was in my first website back in the 90’s. Links are beautifully formatted on most emails that are genuine. This is not.
  8. This email can’t receive replies” – again, grammatically it may be hinging towards ok – but in my experience that type of message is normally worded “This email is sent from an unmonitored email address. Please do not reply” – something that reads well – this doesn’t.
  9. Another link – but this time, it’s just blue and not underlined – why would it be different to the other links in the email?
  10. If isn’t your Amazon…” – shouldn’t that be ” If this isn’t…” – again, the Amazon grammar police would never have let that out!
  11. Tell you what, lets add another 3rd link which is formatted differently to the other links on the page.  Tell you what, it’s a scam!

Let’s hover over the links to find out more

The first link, “Reset Password” – look at the address which comes up:

Phishing Link

Phishing Link

If you EVER get an email asking you to click to reset your password – hover over the link and see what it shows – either above the link, or in your browsers bar at the bottom (if you’re using web based email).

ALL password reset links should begin with “https://” – the “s” in https:// means “secure”. If it starts just with “http://” as in the screenshot above, DO NOT CLICK IT!

Another giveaway is – if Amazon want me to reset my password, wouldn’t the link take me to Amazon’s website? This link would take me to “http://psb.gr” – not an Amazon link in sight. I won’t be clicking that link.

If I did click it, I can guess it would take me to a page that looked very much like Amazon’s website (probably with a few formatting errors if this email is anything to go by), where I would be asked at least for my username and password – and possibly more information personal to me. This is called PHISHING.

Let’s look at the next link:

Real Link - or is it?

Ok, looks good to begin with – starts with https:// and it says “support.amazon.com.com” – did you hear an echo? “.com.com” – either those quality people at Amazon are having a bad day again, or this is yet another sign of a scam!

Last link:

Phishing Link

Phishing Link

It’s our good old friend again, the “.com.com“. Enough said…

Gmail recommendation

I’m using Gmail more and more these days – and I’ve found it to be very good at spotting these. If it does spot a scam, it’ll put the email into your spam folder and will stop all of the links from working. You can sign up for a free account here: https://mail.google.com/ There are of course other email providers, such as Yahoo and Outlook – I personally haven’t used those ones though, but I’m sure are just as good at spotting and stopping scam and phishing emails.

And finally…

I hope this has helped you gain a little knowledge on how to spot potential scam or phishing emails. If you would like to see more examples, you can find some in this book Recognizing Scam Emails: Beware of Online Frauds or if you would like to see some more information on this site for spotting scams, please click here.

Thank you for reading, and I would genuinely love to hear if this has helped you or if you have come across any other scams you’d like me to look at. Please post below.

All the best, Mark

Mark Tait
 

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 16 comments
Old Codger - May 2, 2014

G’day, Mark!
The “ru” is from Russia, where someone is strugglink with the English language!
🙂 g

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    Mark Tait - May 2, 2014

    Hi George – aha – I didn’t know that… I’m not registered with anything in Russia that I know of – so yest another point to show this as being a scam!!

    All the best,

    Mark

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    Suz - May 3, 2014

    Ist thet chu, Googler? Great to see you here. Catch ya in the breakroom at WA.

    And, Mark….thanks for the heads up….between the grammar glitches and misspellings…not to mention the .com.com…..yup, I hear the echo from here. RUN!

    Great stuff – see you back at the WA.

    Suz

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Guy - May 2, 2014

Hi Mark,
Thanks for this interesting post, I hope it will help some of us to not react on such emails.
Kindest
Guy

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    Mark Tait - May 2, 2014

    Hi Guy – thank you.

    I always think of my parents – and how they wouldn’t have a clue about this sort of thing – and educating people in how to spot such scams will hopefully, as you say, stop them from reacting to them.

    All the best, Mark

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Terry - May 2, 2014

These is always something that we need to be aware of on the internet. Thanks so much for showing how to detect these.

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Bill - May 2, 2014

Hey Mark thank for the good information on stopping scam and phishing emails. There is about 500,000 scams a day sent out. So we all get hit from time to time. I don’t click on anything that I am not familiar with.

Bill

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    Mark Tait - May 2, 2014

    Hi Bill – you’re welcome.

    I know it’s a right pain, I have more from “PayPal” and Amazon received today – giving worrying messages that could get some people who are not familiar with these scams, really worried – and end up clicking just to make sure their accounts are ok! Only to give away their details to these scammers!

    All the best Bill,

    Mark

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Sherrie - May 2, 2014

Very good information. Thank you for sharing this.

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Jude Banks - May 4, 2014

Mark,

Thanks for these tips. Clearly and well explained. So many simple things we can do to test the legitimacy of our emails. You’ve mentioned a few things I didn’t know about. Much appreciated.

~Jude

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    Mark Tait - May 4, 2014

    Hi Jude – thank you for commenting. I’m gad it’s given you an extra couple of things to check!

    All the best, Mark

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Mark - May 6, 2014

Thanks for your post on this scam. I think that the biggest flaw that exists in respect of this type of scam is poor grammar. An organization like Amazon work hard to ensure their texts are grammatically correct.

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    Mark Tait - May 6, 2014

    Hi Mark – thank you for your comments.

    I agree, particularly if English is your native language, the grammar is a big giveaway!

    Cheers, Mark

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