Amazon shoppers have a few days of great deals ahead with the annual Prime Day sale taking place later this week. The 48-hour bonanza begins Tuesday, July 12, with Amazon promising deep discounts on a range of products, including its Echo speakers, tablets, and Fire TV Sticks. This will be a good time to get a good deal, but it will also give cybercriminals the perfect opportunity to try and scam millions of Amazon customers waiting for delivery of orders.
Experts warn Prime Day scams are on the rise, with hackers using the event to spread vicious malware and trick shoppers into entering their details on fake websites where personal data is then stolen.
According to the Check Point Research team, there has already been an explosion of Amazon scams spreading across the world.
In fact, security experts claim that in the first few days of July, there was a whopping 37% increase in daily Amazon-related phishing attacks compared to the daily average for June.
In addition to the fake emails sent to customers, Check Point Research says it also found about 1,900 new domains containing the term “Amazon,” 9.5% of which are considered high-risk. It appears that scammers are trying a number of tactics to trick Amazon shoppers with emails often suggesting that a payment hasn’t been made or that users need to log into their account to verify their orders.
In an attempt to scare people off, attacks often say that an order has been canceled with urgent action needed to restore delivery.
With Amazon customers clearly aware that the bargains they’ve just purchased won’t last long, it’s easy to see why some might be cheated.
Some of the scams attack PCs via fake invoices filled with malware while others use websites that look like Amazon’s login page to siphon personal information.
Speaking of the threat, Check Point said, “Online shoppers are already on the lookout for one-time deals or annual deals and are watching the web closely for upcoming surprises. By clearly following this trend, cybercriminals are sharpening also their own surprises to come and prepare to exploit the excitement of buyers.Of course, Amazon-related phishing happens all year round, and the company is often among the most imitated brands, but there are always an increase in activity around Prime Day.
Amazon has year-round advice on how to stay safe from scams, with the company saying that if you receive an email claiming to be from Amazon, and you think it’s a scam or phishing email, here are some things you can look out for:
• Amazon will never ask for personal information to be provided via email.
• Amazon will never ask to update payment information that is not related to an Amazon order you have placed or an Amazon service to which you have subscribed.
• Be sure to check the real sender’s address and domain in the email header