Every year, Amazon offers up some of its best deals on Prime Day. The shopping frenzy that ensues is like a mini-Black Friday, with customers competing to get the best prices. Unfortunately, Prime Day isn’t just a big deal for consumers–it’s an opportunity for scammers, too.
Amazon has boasted record-shattering sales during the pandemic as people turn to online shopping. It’s likely that this will be one of the biggest shopping weekends for the company. Scammers know that, and they’ll be out in droves to steal your personal information–and more.
Remember, Amazon won’t call you. A common scam this time of year is one where a fake customer service rep calls and claims that there’s a problem with your Amazon order. This person says they need to verify your account or update your credit card, or else your order will be cancelled.
Alternately, they might say that your account has been hacked. They claim to need you to change your log-in information right now.
What’s worse, the caller ID might appear to be from Amazon! Scammers can use technology to “spoof” a real phone number, making it appear that the call is legitimate.
The scammers will ask for your email address and send you a link to click. That link will download malicious software onto your computer. Sometimes, this link will install what’s called “ransomware,” a type of software that locks your computer unless you pay the criminals.
Job scams are on the rise in all industries as desperate job seekers flood the market. Temporary employment opportunities, such as Amazon warehouse workers or delivery drivers, may be legitimate as the company ramps up for the holidays. However, you should always approach these opportunities with caution.
If you see an ad on social media or get an email claiming to be from Amazon about jobs in your area, be very skeptical. To look for job openings, navigate directly to Amazon’s website.
Never click on outbound links, as those could lead to fake websites or install tracking software on your computer without your knowledge.
You might find yourself receiving fake ads for Amazon Prime Day deals. These deals might be described as “exclusive” or “just for you” and offer even deeper discounts than those found on the main site.
Sadly, this is a scam. The emails might look real, but it’s actually a clever fake. If you click on the link provided, you’ll be taken to a fake shopping page that only exists to steal your information. That might include your Amazon log-in credentials or even your credit card information.