Beware of scammers: Amazon Phishing E-Mail wants to steal your bank details

Amazon phishing email

Suitable for the Christmas season, of course, nice people are busy but also the fraudsters on the Internet are busy and send emails with which they want to collect your access data to certain portals or your bank details. This type of scam is called "phishing" - and that's exactly what ended up in my mailbox. So today I received an email that at first glance looked very much like Amazon. At second glance, the address with "Dear Sir or Madam" seemed strange to me, because Amazon has my personal data and would certainly address me by my name.

My second look then always goes to the button that is mandatory in the phishing mails. Here you should click on it and then you will usually get to a website that looks like Amazon, but runs on a completely different server. There you should of course log in with the Amazon access data and the fraudsters already have the Amazon password and login of the victims.

Detection of fraudulent phishing mails

In Apple Mail on the Mac, you can quickly identify such emails from scammers by moving the mouse pointer over the button. After a second, a small information window opens with the URL hidden behind the button. At the URL you can quickly see that there is no www.amazon.de behind it, but some strange .com domain.

Amazon phishing email

The phishing email, which is supposed to be from Amazon, is quickly exposed if you look at the Internet address behind the button.

White text on a white background - not a trustworthy signal either

While preparing the article, I wanted to copy the text from the email into this post. However, when I marked the text in Apple Mail, I noticed that there are other lines of text hidden between the lines, which were made invisible with white letters. What the reason for this is not immediately obvious to me, especially since there are words in the text that will certainly ring the alarm bells for most spam filters, but I think the phishing email designers will have already given some thought.

But important for us: If you highlight the e-mail text, you can see the hidden writing, which only contains meaninglessly thrown together words. If something like this is hidden in the mail, you can be relatively sure that the sender is not a trustworthy person.

Amazon phishing email flagged text

The highlighted text in the phishing email shows the hidden lines of text - another feature that can be used to identify fraudulent intent on the part of the sender.

If you read through the hidden lines, you can almost think that the senders of the e-mail still have a sense of humor. On the one hand you get the tip "Never write your data in the letter! Never!" and they even openly point out that they are fraudulent "Dear Reader, E-Mail letter has nothing to do with the Amazon de website!".

The complete text of the Amazon phishing email (the lines in white letters have been deleted) can be found here:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Suspicious activity has been listed on your Amazon account. At Amazon, we take customer security very seriously.

For security reasons, you must confirm your personal data in your user account. Until then, your user account has been restricted.

This security measure protects you from misuse by third parties.

When confirming, you must enter all the necessary information about your user account and payment details, otherwise you will no longer be able to make any further purchases.

Please enter all account information and payment details carefully and correctly.

If it is found that you have entered incorrect information or payment details, or ignored this confirmation, your account will be completely blocked and you will have to contact our security department.

Click the link below and follow the instructions.

Continue to confirm (click here)

After confirmation, your account will be reactivated.
We thank you for your understanding.

Report phishing and spoofing emails to Amazon

Anyone who receives such emails can also report them directly to Amazon. Amazon strives to take action against such fraudsters and has set up an email address to which such fake emails can be sent. On the Amazon website you can find a support article about it. The e-mail address is stop-spoofing@amazon.com.

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