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Amazon.com 2010
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Phishing - The Amazon.com Email Scam, 2010 version
"we have strong reason to believe that your Amazon account had recently been compromised"
Redirects to spoofed (Fake) website: http://ysgroups.com

You may have received an email like one of the samples below, saying "we have strong reason to believe that your Amazon account had recently been compromised". The email looks very authentic, like it came from Amazon.com. It appears to have been sent from service@amazon.com, but that, too, is a spoof, a fake. 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://ysgroups.com/www.amazon.com/, 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 www.Amazon.com.com )

Below are actual phishing emails that started circulating in early 2010. We have removed the links to the phisher's website.


Dear Customer,

You have received this email because we have strong reason to believe that your Amazon account had been recently compromised. In order to prevent any fraudulent activity from occurring we are required to open an investigation into this matter.

·         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 Amazon subscription.

·         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.

·         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 the link bellow:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/sign-in.html

 

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.


Another view of the scam email:

Date: January 18, 2010:

 

 

 


 

For more information about phishing, see this page.
 


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