Recently, cyber experts have warned of a malicious message claiming to be from Amazon making its way into people’s inboxes. This message may look like a legitimate email from Amazon, yet its contents are malicious, and anyone who opens it could find themselves falling victim to identify theft, scams, and more. In this article, we will discuss what this message looks like, why the message is so dangerous, and steps you can take to protect yourself against malicious emails.
What Does this Suspicious Amazon Message Look Like?
This malicious email comes with a subject line that reads “Order Notifications” and may appear to come from Amazon’s automated ordering system. The body of the message contains a link, which if clicked, can lead to a website asking for financial information or downloading a virus. Often, the website landing page that opens after clicking the link has graphics, colors, and content that look similar to Amazon’s legitimate website. This is designed to trick the recipient into providing personal and financial information.
Why Is This Suspicious Amazon Message So Dangerous?
The risks associated with clicking this malicious email are very real. When a person clicks on the message and lands on the malicious website, they may be asked to provide personal information, such as credit card details, mailing address, phone number, and/or email address. The website may prompt the user to download a file, which could contain malware. When a person downloads the file, it installs a virus on the user’s computer that can take control of its operations.
In addition to this, the user’s personal information can be used to open new credit cards, transfer money, make purchases, and more. There have also been reports of individuals receiving calls from scammers asking for a financial donation after clicking on the link from the suspicious email.
Experts Warn Against Opening This Suspicious Amazon Message
Cyber experts have warned people to avoid clicking on the link within the phishing email. They advise people to delete the email and avoid doing any of the following:
- Clicking on any links contained in the email
- Entering information about your Amazon account
- Entering any personal or financial information
- Downloading any attachments contained in the email
How To Protect Yourself from Malicious Emails
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from malicious emails. Here are a few tips:
- Make sure your browsers and operating systems are up to date with the latest security updates
- Use antivirus software and a firewall
- Don’t click on links contained in emails, and always type the URL of the company website you plan to visit into the address bar of your browser
- Review your bank and credit card statements regularly
- Contact your bank or credit card company if you notice any suspicious activity
- Avoid providing personal or financial information via email
- Make sure to use strong passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols
- Don’t use the same password across multiple accounts
Be on the lookout for any suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon or other online vendors. Generally, if it looks too good to be true – like a huge discount or a bonus offer – it probably is. Would Amazon really offer a discount of 90%? Of course not.
Don’t take the risk of clicking on links within emails or entering your personal or financial information on a website you do not trust. Cybersecurity experts advise deleting any emails from unknown or suspicious sources and taking the necessary steps to protect your computer from malicious intent.