The scammers of the world keep coming up with more innovative ways to trick people. I received a number of emails today the contents of which were similar to this:
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Thanks for your order, email@example.com
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E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Order Grand Total: $ 41.99
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Order #: D25-6587444-2958008
Subtotal of items: $ 66.99
Total before tax: $ 32.99
Sales Tax: $ 0.00
Total for this Order: $ 75.99
The following item was ordered:
Click here and see items, Price: $ 80.99
By: Click here
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
The charge for this order will appear on your credit card statement from the merchant 'AMZN Payment Services.'
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It looks quite genuine when it appears on the email. Even the senders address "(email@example.com)" looks quite genuine.
What set me on alert was the fact that the email I received it on is not the account I have registered with Amazon. A closer look at the numbers shows they don't add up - whether this was a part of scam - to get people to follow the links to correct the "wrong" order or simply a slip-up is uncertain.
I did go and check my Amazon accounts just in case (they were clear, with no unknown orders), but it could trap the unwary, so beware.
ps This site gives a good image of the spam mail and a more technical explanation.