Security Tip of the Week – Bad Guys Prep for Prime Day Scams

by Michaela Kunkler

Once a year, Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, hosts a massive sales event called Prime Day. Usually set in July, the highly awaited two-day event was postponed until October 13th and 14th this year. While you get ready to shop Prime Day deals, the bad guys are getting ready to scam you any way they can.

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There has been a large spike in phony websites using the Amazon brand. One example uses the URL www.amazoncustomersupport[.]net. The page is an Amazon look-alike that claims to help with refunds and order cancellations. All you have to do is provide your order number and credit card information—or so they say. In reality, anything you enter on this page is delivered directly to the bad guys.

Follow these tips to safely shop the Prime Day event:

  • Go directly to to shop. This is the only way to be sure you are shopping on the real Amazon.
  • Never trust a link in an email that you were not expecting. The bad guys will be sending sneaky phishing emails that direct you to these phony Amazon pages.
  • Look for anything out of the ordinary. For example, Amazon will never ask you to re-enter saved payment information.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.

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