It pays to be an Amazon Prime member. The perks include two-day shipping on most items, the reading library, lower prices at Whole Foods soon — the list goes on and on.
Some people are calling this scam the "Prime Day Email Scam." Hackers are targeting Amazon customers with trustworthy-looking phishing emails that try to acquire personal information.
Here's how it works:
An Amazon user will receive an email that says something like this: "Amazon is having issues with your order. You will not be able to access your account or make future purchases until we confirm your password and login email address. Click here to confirm."
Others have received emails proposing a $50 gift card once a survey has been completed such as this one:
Neither one of these emails is real. The link will take you to a fake Amazon page that will look like the real Amazon website. It will ask you to input your login credentials. Once you do that and click the "login" button, the hackers now have access to your private information. Some reports are saying malware could be downloaded to your device once you click the "login" button.
If you have received one of these emails or something similar, Amazon strongly suggests you do one of the following:
1. "Open a new email and attach the email you suspect is fake. For suspicious webpages, simply copy & paste the link into the email body. Note: Sending this suspicious e-mail as an attachment is the best way for us to track it. If you can't send the email as an attachment, you can forward it."
2. "Send the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org."
For additional information, go to Amazon.com. Share this article and these tips with your friends and family letting them know not to open any Amazon emails that appear questionable! In other news, this young boy was in a coma for weeks. His dad died in a terrible accident, but when his mom asked if he knew where his dad was, his response was stunning.