Encountered shopping email scams, multiple Amazon buyers alarm

RCMP (Royal RCMP) recently issued a warning against the Amazon email scam.

Manitoba police said they received multiple reports from Amazon customers about suspicious emails trying to steal their accounts for counterfeit purchases.

Currently, the Manitoba Royal Mounted Police has issued a warning against email scams affecting Amazon customers. The police said that these customers mentioned suspicious shopping emails in several reports. They did not purchase certain goods, but they received a purchase notification email. These suspicious messages are very similar to standard Amazon confirmation emails, which also include details such as purchase cost and shipping address.

In these messages, when the customer clicks on the “Details” button, the message will lead them to a fake Amazon login page in order to steal the username and password. The police said that if the user enters this information, they may acquiesce to steal the credit card information.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Paul Manaigre said that although similar reports will appear throughout the year, during the holiday season, online shoppers need to be extra vigilant when shopping online. “They want to be able to ‘catch’ some unsuspecting victims and hope to get those credit cards,” Manaigre said. “Then they made illegal purchases from there,” he added.

Manaigre said that alert Amazon shoppers should be aware of the strange links and email addresses attached to these messages, one of which brought the user to a web page at “editorscuttv.us” and the legitimate Amazon page is Contains the URL of amazon.com or amazon.ca.

“Some words are not spelled correctly in English, so it should be an improper transaction,” he added.

Hank Venema from Winnipeg is an avid Amazon shopper. At the age of 51, he is worried that he has clicked on fraudulent emails in the past, but now he will check if the URL is accurate. “It’s convenient, but it does have risks,” he said when talking about online shopping.

The Manitoba Royal Mounted Police said that anyone suspected of receiving fraudulent emails should report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center online or by phone.

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