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Misunderestimator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:22 AM
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Amazon Payment PHISHING Email.... *ALERT*
Edited on Thu Jul-28-05 07:41 AM by Misunderestimator
I just received this email, and before being an idiot and following the directions, I searched and found an exact copy of the email (here: http://www.millersmiles.co.uk/report/811 ), explaining that the link is a SPOOF link. It looks IDENTICAL to the Amazon.com sign-on page. If you enter your user-id and password there, you will be giving a crook your account.

Seriously, I am VERY aware of this kind of crap, and I nearly was fooled when I clicked on the link. Instead I signed on to Amazon from another computer, and found that there were NO current transactions on my account. I also removed my credit cards from the account.

Here is the letter I received from payments-messages@amazon.com :

(edited to say that when I clicked the link from my email, it went to a sign on page and the URL changed to another with my email address appended, when I click it from here it goes to an error page at Amazon.)

Email:

"Your bank has contacted us regarding some attempts of charges from your credit card via the Amazon system."

Dear xxx ,

Greetings from Amazon Payments.

Your bank has contacted us regarding some attempts of charges from your credit card via the Amazon system. We have reasons to believe that you changed your registration information or that someone else has unauthorized access to your Amazon account Due to recent activity, including possible unauthorized listings placed on your account, we will require a second confirmation of your identity with us in order to allow us to investigate this matter further. Your account is not suspended, but if in 48 hours after you receive this message your account is not confirmed we reserve the right to suspend your Amazon registration. If you received this notice and you are not the authorized account holder, please be aware that it is in violation of Amazon policy to represent oneself as another 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 here:
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/flex-sign-in/ref=pd_...

After responding to the message, we ask that you allow at least 72 hours for the case to be investigated. Emailing us before that time will result in delays. 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.

Thank you for your interest in selling at Amazon.com.

Amazon.com Customer Service
http://www.amazon.com

This message and any files or documents attached may contain classified information. It is intended only for the individual or entity named and others authorized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient or authorized to receive it, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately then delete it from your system. Please also note that transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free.
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Silverhair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:28 AM
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1. Thanks. They are getting slicker
I almost fell for the first phishing email I got a couple of years ago. Now something like that would flash on my radar, but that one is slick enough, and I use Amazon a LOT, so I might have been fooled. Thanks.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:34 AM
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2. thanks
I rarely leave credit card information on file but I do shop Amazon.com, I use auto-fill every time.
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 07:39 AM
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3. Yeah, I got one of those fake Paypal notes. I cancelled my account.
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soothsayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:23 AM
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4. Why the knee-jerk reaction? They don't know whether or not you
actually have paypal. I get these things from banks I don't have accounts with, etc. Just phishing, hoping to get lucky!
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 08:24 AM
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5. Eh, I don't like Paypal much anyway.
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