Watch out for phony Amazon.com e-mail

February 22, 2007

This evening, I received an e-mail that was not marked as junk by my filters in Outlook. Always be vigilant when reviewing your e-mail. E-mails from companies that you have never had an account with asking for personal information should automatically be regarded as suspicious. So should e-mails from a business that are inconsistent in how the business name is spelled, or that contain typos or grammar errors.

Dear Amazon.com Member:

 

Due to recent account takeovers and unauthorized listings, Amazon is introducing a new account verification method. From time to time, randomly selected accounts are subjected to an advanced verification process based on our merchant accounts/bank relations and customer debit card.

Your account is not suspended, but if in 48 hours after you receive this message your account is not confirmed, we reserve the right to suspend you Amazon registration.

Amazon is committed to assist law enforcement with any inquires related to attempts to misappropiate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft.

 

To confirm your identity with us click here. http://58.185.153.210/.cgi-bin/amz/www.amazon.com/

Please do not respond to this confirmation e-mail.

 

Sincerely,

Online Services Team.

 

Also, be on the lookout for rogue web sites that ask for your ATM card pin number. This information will NEVER need to be entered into any online site, EVER. This screen shot is from the link in the phony Amazon e-mail.

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