With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are relying on Amazon for some last-minute gifts to add under our tree for friends and family. Yet the RCMP have warned Amazon customers to be careful when receiving e-mails about recent purchases, as some of them may be sent by scammers attempting to gain your personal information.
There have been multiple reports from Canadian Amazon customers about e-mail scams they received that looked like they were from the popular e-commerce website. These e-mails look like the standard Amazon confirmation e-mail that you automatically receive after ordering anything from the Amazon website.
Some of these e-mails even contained personal information, such as your shipping address to make it look more authentic and clickable. When a user clicks the ‘detail’ button within the e-mail to check the order of the status, or to see what the package is, it will direct them to a fake Amazon login page where it asks for your login information.
Once your login information is entered into the scammer's system, they can then log in to your Amazon account and potentially steal your credit card information through Amazon. The worst part is that the email looks so real that many Canadians have already been duped.
Don’t login to any account pages unless you navigated there directly. #rcmpmb aware of scam email being sent with false Amazon order information, where recipients are directed to fake login page that would provide scammers with login & possible credit info pic.twitter.com/oEobgXZRid— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) December 21, 2018
The RCMP tweeted about the issue, offering advice on how to prevent this issue by stating, “Don’t login to any account pages unless you navigated there directly,”.
One way to recognize whether an Amazon e-mail is real or a scam is to always check the URL of the page that your e-mail directs you to. If the e-mail is from Amazon, it will always direct you to a page that includes amazon.ca (or amazon.com).
If the e-mail is sent in an attempt to steal your information, it will send you to a false e-mail page that does not contain amazon.ca, such as “editorscuttv.us”.
Props to the latest college email scam. I really appreciate the craftsmanship of the email. Infringe the Amazon trademark but won't spell Amazon correctly? Very classy. Can't wait to get my new phone on August 30th! Hope to see you again soon too, Anazon. pic.twitter.com/2USmZaHTIV— Brett Yoder (@Yodes19) December 20, 2018
You can also check for spelling errors as while as the e-mail address that the e-mail is coming from. If Amazon is misspelled, or it is an item that you did not order, it was likely sent from a scammer.
RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre states that these scammers are “hoping to catch some unsuspecting victims maybe just not paying attention and hoping to get those credit cards,”. So, make sure to be aware of URL and be alert when checking your e-mails to prevent your information from being scammed during this holiday season.
The Manitoba RCMP are advising anyone who thinks they have received a scammed e-mail should report the situation online or by phone to the Canadian Anti-Fraud.
Source: CTV News