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    Email scam - Wondering how they did this

    We've all gotten the emails
    "Thank you for your order. We’ll send a confirmation when your order ships. Your estimated delivery date is indicated below. If you would like to view the status of your order or make any changes to it, please visit Your Orders on Amazon.com.

    If you did not place this order please call us on 1-(800)-370-3927to report this to our fraud protection team."

    Or similar, then they'll have links to "verify your order" ect, and you can see hovering the mouse over them that they lead to some screwball site.
    This was for a Samsung TV BTW so it caught my attention, I did the mouse hover and it showed https://www.amazon.com, so I immediately went to my Amazon account and looked at my order history, thankfully not showing so its a scam

    I've never seen the links lead back to the actual site though, there are no misspellings or extra letters. What could they gain posting legit domains ? The number doesn't appear to be a legit amazon number, not the best scam sleuth ,,, Maybe thats their game, hoping I'll call and give up some info.
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    ​thank you very much for sharing this with us
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    Thanks for letting us know about this one...I would offer to help, but the last two days I received voice mails on my cell (didn't answer them) and I was informed there is fraudulent activity on my bank account, and I will soon be arrested! Dang, it was finally getting warm enough here to go detecting and now I'll be sitting in a cell somewhere!
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    I'm sure if you Would have called them They would have asked for your Credit or Banking Info,
    To confirm it wasn't you
    They won't be able to share what info they Have, But Need yours !

    I get Emails from Amazon all the Time saying they are Canceling my account.
    Because My Info is Wrong.
    Since I Don't & Never Have had an amazon account,
    I'm still waiting for over a Year now For them to Finally cancel it

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    I get the account being cancelled all the time, along with the ones stating a purchase has been made.
    They have all had fraud links which is simple to confirm without clicking them, are are just deleted.

    This is the first one I have even seen with legit links, so the more I think about it, they must be trying a different tack, knowing that most folks know how to check links, they post legit ones and try a phone number instead. I have never had amazon send an email after a purchase saying "if you suspect fraud, call this number" so that right there made me suspicious.
    As always, best to manually log into your account and see whats going on, don't think fraud and scam attempts have ever been as rampant as these days.
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    The Latest :

    Dear customer,



    Your Amazon Prime Membership is set to renew on April 5, 2021.

    However, we've noticed that the card associated with your Prime membership is no longer valid.


    To update the default card or choose a new one for your membership, Please find the document attached and follow the on-screen instructions.

    To prevent interruption of your benefits, we will try charging other active cardsassociated with your Amazon account if we can't charge your default card.



    If we can't process the charge for your membership fee, your Amazon Primebenefits will be suspended


    the One before That expired April 2nd

    Dear customer,



    Your Amazon Prime Membership is set to renew on April 2, 2021.





    However, we've noticed that the card associated with your Prime membership is no longer valid.






    To update the default card or choose a new one for your membership, Please find the document attached and follow the on-screen instructions.







    To prevent interruption of your benefits, we will try charging other active cards associated with your Amazon account




    if we can't charge your default card. If we can't process the charge for your membership fee, your Amazon Prime benefits will be suspended.


    Sincerely,

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    BTW Another way to Know they are scams, Every time I get one I block the senders Email Address as spam.
    Every time they Send one, It's a different email address

    the last 2

    Amαzoɴ Priⅿë <noreplyn0repply-notificationattachments-3642534@gia039yt328hjo.com>

    and

    Amαzoɴ Рrіⅿė <noreplyn0repply788123njasjjaf388138-2817297@6--------.com>
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    Do not log in to any entity from an email link received. Initiate any communication straight to the business and not through an email sent to you with a login link attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xraywolf View Post
    I've never seen the links lead back to the actual site though, there are no misspellings or extra letters. What could they gain posting legit domains ? The number doesn't appear to be a legit amazon number, not the best scam sleuth ,,, Maybe thats their game, hoping I'll call and give up some info.
    Works better that way. What showed as a link was actually a link that lead somewhere else, easily done by giving the link a title with the phony address as the title.

    If you want to know where they were trying to take you, right click on the link and choose copy link address then paste it into notepad or another text editor to see where they wanted you to go. Don't do it in Word or any word processing program because it will turn it back to a link.

    Another way to do it is to place an image that looks like a button, and again give it a title that shows the fake url. You won't know until you click it.

    Many fake emails are in html format which allows you to fake these addresses. Set your email to show messages in plain text if you aren't sure.

    You did the right thing by going to amazon and checking your account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadeaux View Post
    Works better that way. What showed as a link was actually a link that lead somewhere else, easily done by giving the link a title with the phony address as the title.

    If you want to know where they were trying to take you, right click on the link and choose copy link address then paste it into notepad or another text editor to see where they wanted you to go. Don't do it in Word or any word processing program because it will turn it back to a link.

    Another way to do it is to place an image that looks like a button, and again give it a title that shows the fake url. You won't know until you click it.

    Many fake emails are in html format which allows you to fake these addresses. Set your email to show messages in plain text if you aren't sure.

    You did the right thing by going to amazon and checking your account.
    As per the OP, I check links by hovering the mouse over them, where they lead to show up in the bottom of the page - They all led back to amazon.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xraywolf View Post
    As per the OP, I check links by hovering the mouse over them, where they lead to show up in the bottom of the page - They all led back to amazon.com
    It's a simple script -- and one I wouldn't share. Called "URL Masking" as well as "Domain Masking" and not hard to do.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_masking

    As I said before, set your email to display as text only.
    "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have anymore reward, because all memory of them is forgotten. . . . Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might, for there is no work nor planning nor knowledge or wisdom in the Grave, where you are going." -- Ecclesiastes 9:5 & 10

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    chad, I didn't share anything, I simply manually typed amazon.com
    I tried pasting the copied link in notepad to see if it was any different than what I was seeing, it wasn't. The links lead back to a legit domain. Maybe I'm missing something but no, I like the ability to click links when they are legit so would not want them as text to keep my fingers from doing something stupid, I use my brain for that.

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    Oh sheesh just got another one, check out the Engrish on this one ,,


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    Quote Originally Posted by Xraywolf View Post
    chad, I didn't share anything, I simply manually typed amazon.com.
    I meant I would not share that script or any of its variations here. Some spammer might pick it up and try to use it on me.
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    "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have anymore reward, because all memory of them is forgotten. . . . Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might, for there is no work nor planning nor knowledge or wisdom in the Grave, where you are going." -- Ecclesiastes 9:5 & 10

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    Well if they did, now you know don't click and don't call - You already knew that, I am semi savvy and have never seen a scam email with links leading to a legit site, now everyone who reads this will know its possible.

    I don't see throwing it in the shade as any type of solution - In fact, the more light you shine on a cockroach, the quicker it will scurry away or be stomped into the ground.

 

 
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