It’s the holiday season, which means more online shopping and more opportunities for scammers to take advantage of you. One particular scam that has been on the rise in recent years is Amazon impersonators. These scammers create fake websites that look identical to Amazon’s, trying to trick you into giving them your login information or credit card details. This blog post will discuss protecting yourself from these scams and staying safe while shopping online.
What is an amazon impersonator?
An Amazon impersonator is a scammer who creates a fake website that looks identical to Amazon.com. The goal of the impersonator is to trick you into giving them your login information or credit card details.
Types of Amazon Impersonator Scams
There are a few different types of Amazon impersonator scams. One common type is phishing, where the scammer will send you an email that looks like it’s from Amazon. The email will usually say that there’s a problem with your account or that your order can’t be processed. The email will then direct you to a fake website that looks like Amazon, where you’re asked to enter your login information or credit card details.
Sometimes impersonators will contact you, most often over the phone, claiming that your Amazon account has been hacked or that illegal transactions have occurred. When you call the number they provide, a phony Amazon employee persuades you to grant remote access to your computer so they can supposedly repair the problem and refund any money mistakenly taken.
These swindlers attempt to gain entry to sensitive data on your device or in your home network. In reality, they double-refund a sum with more zeroes tacked on, so you will send back the extra money. Some consumers have claimed that these customer care agents even appeal for assistance, stating that their Amazon employment would be in jeopardy if the refunded funds weren’t returned.
Another type of Amazon impersonator scam is when the scammer creates a fake website that looks exactly like Amazon. When you go to the website and try to make a purchase, you send your credit card information directly to the scammer.
Still another type of scam is when the impersonator poses as a third-party seller on Amazon. They’ll list fake items for sale at low prices, and when you try to purchase the item, you’re taken to a fake website to enter your credit card information.
How can you tell if a website is fake?
There are a few ways to tell if a website is fake:
- Install a security browser extension to avoid being a victim of phishing fraud. By providing real-time warnings if your information is at risk.
- The URL will often be slightly different from the actual Amazon site. For example, it might use .net instead of .com or have Amaz0n instead of Amazon.
- The site may also have misspellings in the title or text.
- Another way to tell if a site is fake is by looking at the reviews.
- You can also protect yourself by never clicking on links in emails from Amazon. If there’s an issue with your account or an order, Amazon will always direct you to their website, where you can log in and resolve the issue. They will never ask for your login information or credit card details via email.
In conclusion, following these tips can protect you from Amazon impersonator scams. Be sure to install a security browser extension, look for misspellings in the URL and text, check the reviews, and never click on links in emails from Amazon. If you’re unsure if a website is fake, you can always go directly to Amazon’s website to resolve any issues.