Category: Phishing

Fake Amazon Prime Subscription

There are lots of scam emails trying to entice people to sign up for Amazon Prime at full price or a discount and these are mostly phishing emails – trying to get your confidential information.

This latest one takes the opposite approach.

The title is “This email confirms the Amazon Prime Subscription”

Customer Help Centre

This email confirms the Amazon Prime Subscription

Hello [name]

Product Name: Amazon Prime One Year Plan

Receipt Date [date]

Payment Method: Amazon account

Membership price: 179

This subscription will automatically renew unless you turn it off no later than 24 hours before the end of the current period. To cancel auto-renewal or manage your subscriptions click below and sign in.

Cancel and Refund Amazon Prime

The link is to a website copied from Amazon and it collects your name and password for Amazon and tells you the money will be refunded.

This is just a phishing scam to get your Amazon details.

Interesting that the scammer used the wrong price for Amazon Prime – it costs £79 not 179 as stated in the email.

It’s sometimes too easy to half read an email and if it looks legitimate to act by clicking the button – but don’t do that. Always read very carefully before clicking a link in an unrequested email.

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DVLA Phishing Scam

The email title is “Failure of Notify Change of Keeper – Final Warning

Then

Final Warning – Failure of Notify Change of Keeper

As is coherent that you haven’t told the DVLA that you no longer an owner of a means of transportation …..

Then blurb about a decision having been made but it can be overruled if I “contribute information that has not already been made handy to use” and a warning that I can be penalized 1,000 GBP if I don’t tell DVLA

The grammar and wording is quite ridiculous and that is most likely to be deliberate to ensure only the most trusting people reply and provide the personal information the scammers seek.

The link to click is a box labelled TELL DVLA NOW but it goes to com-serve.ru  so it’s a Russian website. There seems to be a big scamming industry in Russia these days.

This is just a common phishing scam message.

Don’t be caught out.

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Women’s Clothes Special Offer Phishing Scam

Phishing is where the scammer is trying to get your confidential information by pretending to be an organisation that you would normally trust such as your bank, government, utility companies etc.

In this scam, it’s not a trusted organisation – just an instant sale of typically women’s clothes, shoes, accessories etc. The scammer uses anything to get you to click on the link.

The most recent such emails to the radio station have been for Michael Kors handbags at 70% off and for UGG boots at 70% off.

Sometimes these adverts are well crafted and sometimes really basic but they all have the same intention – to get you to click on a link which looks harmless but isn’t. Clicking gets you to a website asking for your details. Then the scammer’s got your information to sell.

Q. How can you tell it’s a phishing email?

That’s not always easy to tell. Fortunately if you have  reputable anti-virus  software installed it will warn you of the phishing content.

Check the email senders address. If it’s clearly a made-up or inappropriate name such as offshow28.br or  metalfinishers.com or adjentcofeesupplies.ru then it’s likely to be a scam email.

Never click on a link unless you are sure it’s safe and always be careful who you give your confidential information to.

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How to Spot a Phishing Email

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Phishing is where you receive an email that appears to be from a trusted organisation but is designed to get your personal information such as login and password or credit card details.

Anti-virus software can protect you from some of these emails but many get through that protection.

Never put your personal Information in an email!

No reputable company will ask for personal details such as passwords, credit card details, mother’s maiden name etc. by email.  So, if you do get such a request – refuse.

Phishing Emails will usually have some or all of the following indications.

  1. Typing and Grammatical Errors

Many scam emails are translated from another language and that often leaves a tell-tale of poor grammar and odd use of words.  Anything with typing errors shows lack of professionalism and is unlikely to be found in an email from a reputable company. Also, some scammers deliberately put grammatical errors in messages to reduce the number of return messages they get.

  1. An attachment

Never click to open an attachment unless you are sure it is safe.

Attached files can contain viruses and other malicious code that can damage your computer, steal confidential information or hold you to ransom.  If the company is one that you already deal with then contact that company to check the email and attachment are safe.

  1. Links

A link may look as if it is safe but if you hover the cursor over the link then it may display a different value and not what you expect.  If this is different  to the text, then clearly something is wrong and potentially unsafe.

  1. Don’t Fall For Stories

If an email appears to be from a family member or friend  in trouble don’t reply immediately – check the truth of the story first by other means.

  1. The “From” entry

This is just text so the sender can make it show anything they want. To check the email sender – hover the cursor over the name and it should show the real senders email address. Even if this matches it does not absolutely prove that the email came from that address .

  1. The “To” entry

If the email is from a reputable company that you already deal with then it should show your correct name. If it shows nothing or ‘To recipients’ or an unknown name then the email is almost certainly a spam message sent out to large numbers of people. Beware.

STAY SAFE