Email frauds pose as Ama­zon

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ON­LINE shop­pers in Halton are be­ing urged cau­tion af­ter a cy­ber crime fight­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceived re­ports of fraud­u­lent emails claim­ing to be from Ama­zon.

Ac­tion Fraud has is­sued the warn­ing af­ter spoofed emails claimed re­cip­i­ents had made an or­der on­line and mimic an au­to­matic cus­tomer email no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The scam email claims re­cip­i­ents have or­dered an ex­pen­sive vin­tage chan­de­lier while other re­ported ex­am­ples in­clude Bose stereos, iPhones and lux­ury watches.

An Ac­tion Fraud spokesman said: “The emails clev­erly state that if re­cip­i­ents haven’t au­tho­rised the trans­ac­tion they can click on the help cen­tre link to re­ceive a full re­fund.

“The link leads to an ● au­then­tic-look­ing web­site, which asks vic­tims to con­firm their name, ad­dress, and bank card in­for­ma­tion.”

The on­line shop­ping re­tailer says that sus­pi­cious e-mails will of­ten con­tain links to web­sites that look like Ama­ but are not gen­uine, at­tach­ments or prompts to in­stall soft­ware on a com­puter, ty­pos or gram­mat­i­cal er­rors, and forged e-mail ad­dresses to make it look like the e-mail is com­ing from Ama­

Ama­zon will never ask for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to be sup­plied by e-mail.

To re­port a fraud or cy­ber crime call 0300 123 2040.

For more in­for­ma­tion about iden­ti­fy­ing sus­pi­cious emails claim­ing to be from Ama­zon visit http://

The fake emails pur­port to come from Ama­zon

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