Amazon Prime members are reportedly being targeting in a new phishing scam. The scam is being sent by email to Prime members, and it looks so official, you may not have even questioned its authenticity.
The email looks like it's being sent from Amazon as a thank you for your Prime Day purchase. It invites you to write a quick review on the product you purchased, and for your time you'll receive a $50 bonus voucher.
Sounds great, right? That's the point. Since everyone loves Amazon and free money, and since so many Prime members ordered something back on Prime Day on July 11th, it's a very sneaky scam.
Kim Komando, a consumer technology expert, received the email and confirmed that the link takes you to a fake Amazon site that asks for log-in information. Komando said that clicking the link could lead to a malware infection on your computer or ransomware that could encrypt sensitive files. So, obviously you shouldn't click the link.
Here's the email Komando received:
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According to Amazon, suspicious emails or webpages not from Amazon.com often contain an order confirmation (or an attachment) for an item you didn't purchase; requests for your Amazon.com username and/or password, or other personal information; requests to update payment information; links to websites that look like Amazon.com, but aren't Amazon; attachments or prompts to install software on your computer; typos or grammatical errors; and forged email addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.com.
If you received one of these emails, go to Amazon and check your account information to make sure nothing has been compromised, then contact the company at email@example.com. And of course, delete the email immediately.