There is a new Amazon scam in the market, known as the Amazon locked account scam. This is a supposed text message that the Amazon HQ has sent to the customer that their account has been locked after it was opened in a different country. The scammers then want you to verify the account details that you have if you want to unlock it. This is a common phishing technique mostly used in Emails. But the scammers are now using it as a text message.
Let us look at the message from word to word.
“Your account has just been entered from a new device. Here’s the information that we have: IP Address: 18.104.22.168; Country: Cameroon. For security reasons of the Amazon community, we lock your account to avoid illegal activities from your account. You can reuse your Amazon account after you verify the account ownership by clicking the link below “.
This whole piece of text is full of mistakes and grammatical errors.spot and avoid the harsh consequences. However, this is not the case with a lot of other victims—thousands, if not millions.
This isn’t a new scam. People need to be clear about the glitches that Amazon has, too.
What are some of the common scripts that can tell me that I am inside a scam?
On a random day you might receive an email that would appear that Amazon sent it. The subject would be “Account locked”. The sender will mostly “[email protected]”. Startled, you might contact Amazon customer support. To your surprise, the mail was NOT sent by the company. The e-mail that you received was a well-written phishing email with the sole purpose of breaching into your account.If you are the victim, you know what to do, right?
Better be prepared if you haven’t received one.
Ways to avoid getting scammed:
There are various ways by which the users can stay away from scams seen all over the internet.
1.Never get inside something because the flier says so:
The opening piece of content that the scammers use is intimidating. Intimidation is subjective to different people, but the common thing is that they did get intimidated. That is something that should not have happened in the first place.
Scammers are looking for one weak moment that the user can have, and they are centralising their content all around that intimidation.
Every user thinks that this is a possible scam. But the moment they have that second thought “what if it isn’t?”, is the moment when the scammers win.
2.If it is too good to be true, it is not:
If something is too good to be right, then it is not right at all. Take the example of trading. There are scam brokers that provide the traders with leverage of 1:1000. That leverage is exceptional, and a lot of traders might think that they can take on the market with this, which they can. But think about it. What are the odds of such a trade going right? Very slim. Hence the scam broker thing.
If the text says “CLICK NOW” to get flat 99% off on all amazon products, take it as a major red flag and precisely do not click on that link. That is a redirect to a replica page sometimes that steals off the customer credentials.
3.Never share your Time Passwords:
OTPs are as personal as a social security number. You get a text that says your account is locked. It asks you to enter a sent OTP on a page. It is one of the ways to get inside your credential pool. and steal crucial information from the cache memory like the passwords set for inputs from different devices, the latest location of each of those devices and a lot more can be stolen.
What you can do more is to not click on any of the links. Rather, contact customer support to check with your account. Then, if you hover over the Email enough, you can figure out if the sender is fake or not.
Here are some more red flags that can tell you if the mail is a scam or not:
- The link to the message seems right, but the URL is nowhere close to that of the website of the company.
- The branding is almost exactly replicated, but again, the URL of the link looks weird. The fonts and font sizes may vary. Always check those with the official website of the company.
- The body of the Email might be different than the ones that you have earlier had. Look for different writing schemes. Scammers are not good writers.
- The message might include the request for credentials for your account.
How can I Report a Scammer:
First off, warn the family and friends about such amazon locked account scam. Share this article on social media as much as you can. You can report your scam to our website, and we will do everything that we can to get you what you want.
Scams are common. If not in this way, they can get to you in different ways. Sometimes via text, sometimes even via calls. Just avoid all the mentioned red flags and make sure that you are at the correct place when you are reporting such amazon locked account scam. There can be spots that will take your information and then will not post it anywhere. There can be spots that will not do anything about facts like that. You can contact FAR if you want any further assistance.