Hackers targeting victims with Amazon Prime Day scams

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Amazon Prime Day customers will be delighted to hear the news that their favorite discount festival that was long awaited is soon going to begin on July 16th this year. On one hand, the news seems to be delightful, but on the other it seems to disappoint as hackers often use such online shopping festivals to mint money from innocent victims.

Avanan, a Cloud based Email Security firm from New York, issued a warning to Amazon shoppers that cyber criminals could easily target them through email campaigns that promise an amazon gift card to take survey.

But in reality, they just divert the customer to a web page that makes them submit credentials that can lead to larger scams, such as identity thefts, soon.

Threat actors seem to bank on Amazon’s Brand Recognition to fulfill their needs. They also seem to develop multiple social engineering attacks per week to impersonate renowned brands just to mint money.

So, all Amazon Prime users are being urged to stay vigilant against spoofed email attacks. They are being requested not to click on unknown links and avoid opening emails and smses that are being sent by mystifying senders.

Nowadays, most of the email service brands like GMAIL identify such threats from the devices and IP addresses that are being used in such scams. They auto-divert such digital scams to their spam servers.

However, as technology is improving, hackers are dodging these spam servers. And this is where online service users should be wary off by not opening links that may lead to websites asking for account credentials.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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