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Just got the following email that leads you to believe that Amazon.com is having a problem with a recent credit card charge - if you get a similar email don't fall for it.  The embedded link will take you to a page where it will ask you for your credit card no and even your pin # - like they need to know your pin.  Don't fall for it!

If you look close at the link you will see http://secure.amazon.com.login-link.com/signin.php?blahblahblah.  At first glance, it looks like you are going to secure.amazon.com but it is really secure.amazon.com.login-link.com.  Again, don't fall for it.

When I read the email I knew it had to be a scam but when I dug into it and saw the url I had to cringe at the simplicity of the thing and I know that some will, unfortunately, fall victim.  If whoever created this particular scam reads this at least know that you failed with me. 

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Dear myid@website.com ,

Greetings from Amazon Payments.

Your bank has contacted us regarding some attempts of charges from your credit card via the Amazon system. We have reasons to believe that you changed your registration information or that someone else has unauthorized access to your Amazon account Due to recent activity, including possible unauthorized listings placed on your account, we will require a second confirmation of your identity with us in order to allow us to investigate this matter further. 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 your Amazon registration. If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of Amazon policy to represent oneself as another Amazon user. Such action may also be in violation of local, national, and/or international law. Amazon is committed to assist law enforcement with any inquires related to attempts to misappropriate personal information with the intent to commit fraud or theft. Information will be provided at the request of law enforcement agencies to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


To confirm your identity with us click here:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/flex-sign-in/ref=pd_irl_gw_r/103-3177084-7567864?opt=oa&page=recs/sign-in-secure.html


After responding to the message, we ask that you allow at least 72 hours for the case to be investigated. Emailing us before that time will result in delays. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and we would like to thank you for your cooperation as we review this matter.

Thank you for your interest in selling at Amazon.com.

Amazon.com Customer Service
http://www.amazon.com

This message and any files or documents attached may contain classified information. It is intended only for the individual or entity named and others authorized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient or authorized to receive it, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately then delete it from your system. Please also note that transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free.


Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 11:13 AM General Observations | Back to top


Comments on this post: Amazon.com phishing expedition

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I received the above notice. Please reassure me that it was not from Amazon.

Thanks
Left by Jo Ellen Grubbs on Dec 12, 2005 10:12 AM

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I received the same e-mail dated 1/3/06.
Left by Carol H. on Jan 03, 2006 9:20 AM

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