Monday, July 19, 2010

A new Amazon based scam

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: logo your account

Thanks for your order,

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Order Information:

E-mail Address:
Order Grand Total: $ 41.99

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Order Summary:
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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Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

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It looks quite genuine when it appears on the email. Even the senders address "(" 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.


Graeme said...

The email client (i.e. the program one reads email in) I use, Sylpheed protects you from these.

If you click on the link a pop up Window appears saying:

"Fake URL warning. The real URL ( is different from
the apparent URL ("

It does give you an option to open it anyway, but there is rarely any reason to.

santhoshi said...

looks like there will be no end to internet related scams.

Jack Point said...

Thanks Graeme. I use web based email, I suppose it can be configured with an email client, but I'm not sure how to do it.