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Amazon: Beware of these 3 terrible scams that put you in danger

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Over the years, Amazon has established itself as the undisputed leader in e-commerce around the world. Obviously, many malicious actors have gotten into the habit of riding on its popularity to deploy large-scale scams. In a blog post, the cybersecurity company revealed the main threats on the platform. We have retained three main ones.

50 Shades of Phishing

It starts, most of the time, with a text message or email. In some cases, you are informed that you will soon be billed for your Amazon Prime Video subscription. A telephone number is conveniently provided to cancel the transaction. By dialing it, you will come across scammers who will try to trap you and recover your personal and banking information.

Another variation of this phish will notify you that suspicious activity or unauthorized transactions have been made on your account. You will then be prompted to click on a link that goes to a fake Amazon site. The idea being, here again, to recover your data.

Finally, a final form of phishing involves informing you that a valuable item will soon be shipped to you. To validate everything, simply call a number. If you do, the trap closes on you again.

Gift card fraud

Kaspersky emphasizes another form of scam that is a little less known:

You find a product online at a great price, but the seller suggests you transfer Amazon gift card details as payment. We advise you not to play the game. You will find yourself without money on the card and without a purchase.

These scams that affect sellers

Scams also target small sellers on Amazon. For example, some scammers may lie and say they did not receive a product. It is therefore advisable to opt for delivery with precise tracking of the package and to examine this process step by step.

How to avoid the worst ?

Faced with these different risks, Kaspersky suggests some common sense measures. In particular, it is important to better identify these false messages. First of all, please note that Amazon will never ask for your login information by email or SMS. You can also monitor the spelling and grammar of these emails or SMS messages which sometimes leave something to be desired.

Another way to avoid trouble is to log into your Amazon account directly and contact the site's support if you think you've fallen for it. Finally, installing a powerful antivirus is preferable. We have also put together a guide for you which lists the best offers on the market.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116