This year’s Prime Day starts today, July 12th, and cyber-criminals are ready to steal your information.
Targeted email attacks known as phishing scams have been on the rise since the beginning of the month, according to Check Point Research (CPR). There’s been a 37% increase in the amount of daily Amazon phishing attacks in comparison to last month. Online shoppers may be chomping at the bit to get those one-time deals, however they should be aware of the dangers of purchasing too quickly.
Scammers will likely try and imitate Amazon either through emails, text or fraudulent websites. They’ll be trying to get unsuspecting users to engage with fake sites, or click email links that steal CC information. Before you engage with an offer that seems too good to be true, make sure to do the following:
- Check for grammatical errors or an off tone in an email, such as a too formal or informal tone
- Inspect domains and email addresses, for example firstname.lastname@example.org vs email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org vs. email@example.com
- Hover over links before you click on them to see if the link goes to the same address as in the email
- Be careful not to click on malicious attachments within an email or open/download ZIP files that look suspicious
Criminals tend to use urgency, authority and coercion in order to make users do their bidding. Phishing scams are a common tactic used by threat actors because they’re simple to enact and often work in their favor. If you’re browsing Amazon for deals today and tomorrow, remember to keep the above strategies in mind. It’ll help protect you from credit card theft, losing your account credentials, or worse.
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