A fake phishing Amazon email is doing the rounds in Gedling borough asking people for their personal details, warns scam-busters Action Fraud.
The email, which has been seen by people from across the borough, looks like it’s from the online retail giant.
The scam email seen by Gedling Eye urges the potential victim to click on a link to prevent their Prime membership from automatically renewing after a successful trial.
A spokesman for Action Fraud UK said: “We’ve had an increased number of reports about these fake emails purporting to be from Amazon. The subject line and content of the emails vary, but they all contain links leading to phishing websites designed to steal your Amazon login details.
“Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
How to protect yourself from scams
- Always remember that if something seems too good to be true, it normally is.
- Check brands are “verifed” on Facebook and Twitter pages – this means the company will have a blue tick on their profile.
- Look for grammatical and spelling errors in these scam communications. Fraudsters are notoriously bad at writing proper English. If you receive a message from a “friend” informing you of a freebie, consider whether it’s written in your friend’s normal style.
- If you’re invited to click on an URL, hover over the link to see the address it will take you to – does it look genuine?
- To be on the safe side, don’t click on unsolicited links in messages, even if they appear to come from a trusted contact.
- Be careful when opening email attachments too. Fraudsters are increasingly attaching files, usually PDFs or spreadsheets, which contain dangerous malware.
- If you receive a suspicious message then report it to the company, block the sender and delete it.