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Amazon Customers Warned After Global Bank Account Scam

Another day, another online scam.

Retail giant Amazon has warned customers after thousands of scam emails looking for bank account details were sent out to users around the world.

The contents of the email falsely inform recipients that there has been a problem with their recent order; the message then goes on to explain that by clicking the provided link, the problem can be resolved. 

It is at this point, however that customers are taken to a "phishing" site, albeit one that looks nearly exactly like the real Amazon page, before being prompted to input their credit card details again. 

Amazon have released a statement in the lead-up to the holiday season with details of the scam.

"The best way to ensure that you do not respond to a false or phishing email is to always go directly to your account on Amazon to review or make any changes to your orders or your account," the company explained.

"Customers can access their account by visiting www.amazon.com and clicking on the 'Your Account' link in the top right-hand corner of any page."

As always, Amazon reiterate that they will never ask for bank account details, credit card PINs or passwords. 

The latest scam comes just days after news that Facebook users had been caught out with dummy Chemist Warehouse, Coles and Myer websites.

How To Avoid Being Scammed This Christmas

  • Check the email for poor spelling and grammar; that's often a giveaway to a phishing scam.
  • Check the return email address. Genuine Amazon emails will only come from "@amazon.com", "@amazon.lu" or "@amazon.co.uk".
  • Similarly, genuine Amazon websites always end with ".amazon.com" or ".amazon.co.uk".

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