You may have received an email like one of the samples below that looks very authentic,
like they came from Amazon.com. These emails were not sent by Amazon.com; Amazon.com is a victim as well. If you receive
an email similar to the one below, DO NOT click on the link, and do not enter
any information on the forms there.
The website that the link leads to is a spoof; a fake website, not created by
Amazon.com. It goes to
http://citdsl.fix.netvision.net.il/login.html, not Amazon.com! When you enter the information they ask for, you will simply be
handing the thieves the keys to your bank accounts. That is how spoofing
and phishing works.
Remember, no reputable business would send you
an email requesting your personal account information. Any such email you
receive asking for this information should be considered phony and brought to
the attention of the business being 'phished'.
Anytime you need to go to a website for your bank, credit card companies or
other personal, financial or confidential information; do not follow a link in
an email; just type their address in your browser directly (such as
Below are actual phishing emails that started circulating in early 2007.
We have put a warning over the links to the phisher's website.
Dear Amazon® member,
We are contacting you to inform you that our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your account. In accordance with Amazon's
User Agreement and to ensure that your account has not been compromised, access to your account was limited. Your account access will
remain limited until this issue has been resolved. To secure your account and quickly restore full access, we may require some additional information from you for the following reason: We have been notified that a card associated with your account has been reported as lost or stolen, or that there were additional problems with your card.
This process is mandatory, and if not completed within the nearest time your account or credit card may be subject for temporary suspension. To
securely confirm your Amazon information please click on the link bellow:
We encourage you to log in and perform the steps necessary to restore your account access as soon as possible. Allowing your account access to remain limited for an extended period of time may result in further limitations on the use of your account and possible account closure.
For more information about how to protect your account please visit Amazon Security Center. We apologize for any
incovenience this may cause, and we
apriciate your assistance in helping us to maintain the integrity of the entire Amazon system.
Thank you for using Amazon!
The Amazon Team
Privacy Notice © 1995-2007, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.
Another scam email:
Date: January 30, 2007 12:14:34 PM EST
Subject: Maintaining the trust of our customers !!!
- Due to recent account takeovers and unauthorized listings, Amazon is
requesting a new account verification procedure. From time to time, randomly
selected accounts (seller and/or buyer) are placed under an advanced
updating process based on merchant accounts/bank relations and on-file
credit cards. Amazon may also request in an e- mail message scanned/faxed
copies of one or more photo ID's. Your account confirmation may go wrong if
your credit card/bank account has expired, or if you have changed/replaced
your credit card without letting us know about the change.
Your account is not suspended, but if in 36 hours after you receive this
message your account is not confirmed we reserve the right to terminate your
If you received this notice and you are not an authorized Amazon account
holder, please be aware that it is in violation of Amazon policy to
represent oneself as an Amazon user. Such action may also be in violation of
local, national, and/or international law.
To confirm your identity with us click HERE
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.
Copyright 2007 Amazon.com, Inc. All rights reserved.
Amazon sent this e-mail to you because your Notification Preferences
indicate that you want to receive information about Special Events &
Promotions. Amazon will request personal data (password, credit card/bank
numbers) only on our home site, which is securely incrypted [sic] with SLL.
For more information about phishing, see