Published on February 4, 2014
Suspicious Emails Spark Concerns with Amazon With all of these data security breaches lately, customers of Amazon and Turbo Tax are letting me know they’re concerned. But do they need to be? Let’s take a look at the Amazon issue first. Nicki from the West Valley, emailed about a deal she was making on Craigslist. She was looking for a motor home and found one for a good price. Then she got this email from the seller saying she wanted to use Amazon payments for the transfer of money. Here’s part of the email: “I had prearranged the deal with Amazon FPS. The trailer is located at Amazon’s shipping company, ready to be delivered. It will arrive at your address in 3 days. You will have 5 days to test it and inspect the motorhome and if by any reason you find something you don’t like about it you can send it back at my expense but I’m sure will not be the case. If you are interested in knowing more info about how it works, I can ask Amazon to send you an email with more information on how to purchase it. Amazon will contact you shortly after they have the details with all the information that you need to complete this deal and you will also have proof that I am covered by them and a legitimate seller. If you would like to receive the email from Amazon with all the transaction information go on Amazon Payments by clicking on this link.” Amazon payments are a legitimate site. We sent Nicki’s concerns to Amazon. They say it appears this site is a scam. Here’s Amazon’s statement to us: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The URL in your email is not owned or operated by Amazon.com or any of its affiliates. The site appears to be a scam and Amazon will take immediate steps to have it taken down. We also encourage any victims of these types of phishing scams to contact law enforcement. “Amazon Payments was designed to help millions of Amazon customers securely pay on a third party website or mobile site with the information already stored in their Amazon account. When you click on ‘Login with Amazon’ or ‘Pay with Amazon’ the login page or pop-up window should only ask for your Amazon credentials (email address and password) and the URL should read either: payments.amazon.com or amazon.com. We will not ask you for your shipping or credit card information outside of the secure Amazon.com site. Customers trust Amazon with their payment information and we take that responsibility very seriously. “There is more Amazon Payments security information here. We also encourage our customers to review the Amazon FAQ on phishing and Internet scams here. Please send any concerns to email@example.com.” So Nicki’s email to us may have saved others from getting scammed. Make sure to check your credit report for any activity you don’t recognize.