They Are Stealing Amazon Accounts To Buy Behind The Back Of Their Owners


Amazon: The largest e-Commerce and Marketplace website in the West -in the East is AliExpress-, Amazon has more than 6.5 million users in Spain alone, which makes it a perfect magnet for cybercriminals who use this service as bait given the huge number of potential victims they have.

But be careful if you have an Amazon account, because the PandaLabs team, the Panda Security Laboratory, has detected several phishing techniques in which scammers impersonate the popular marketplace to gain either your account or your bank details directly.

Steal your Amazon account

One of the best known, the mail with a false purchase order has been used for a long time, and it works like this: Through an email, whose sender is not Amazon and can use names such as:

customer service

Scammers pretend to be on the Marketplace advising of a purchase made.

According to Panda, “visually it is similar to Amazon communications, only in this case it invites the victim to access a link to verify their account if they have not made such a purchase. The catch is that the URL redirects the user to a false website whose only function is to get the email and password of his account “.

The great alternative offers or gift card scam is based on the same principle of a fraudulent URL. “The common denominator is to send a hook email with discounts or gifts”, and incite the victim to verify her account on a website designed by cybercriminals or to finalize a purchase from a platform external to Amazon. With this, they already have your data

Steal your bank details

Another phishing scam consists not of stealing your account, but of taking over your bank details directly. The first warning sign is to receive an email from Amazon in which you are notified of an unauthorized purchase or invites you to have a favorable treatment from the company. In this case, “cybercriminals invite the victim to create an account in Amazon Business, a type of account that instead of offering domestic benefits such as Prime, is aimed at companies.”

The trick is the following, to ‘offer you a 25% discount code on the first purchase’, cyber scammers claim to need to confirm your Amazon account. That is, that you provide them with the access data (email and password) to verify your account.


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