Did you get an email from Amazon telling you about an order that you don’t remember ordering? That’s probably because you didn’t – it’s a phishing scam! Don’t fall for it! The “Your Amazon.com Order” email, which purportedly comes from “email@example.com” actually is an effort to get you to point your web browser to BookSalon.kr (the actual phishing URL is “http://booksalon.kr/index2.html”).
Here’s what the email looks like – innocent enough, right?
And here’s how it reads:
Subject: Your Amazon.com Order (D23-4202635-4270272)
Thanks for your order, [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Did you know you can view and edit your orders online, 24 hours a day? Visit Your Account.
E-mail Address: [email@example.com]
Order Grand Total: $ 70.99
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Order #: D33-1070271-8770019
Subtotal of items: $ 75.99
Total before tax: $ 31.99
Sales Tax: $ 0.00
Total for this Order: $ 18.99
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The following item was ordered:
Click here and see items, Price: $ 61.99
By: Click here
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
The charge for this order will appear on your credit card statement from the merchant ‘AMZN Payment Services.’
You can review your orders in Your Account. If you’ve explored the links on that page but still have a question, please visit our online Help Department.
Please note: This e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.
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But, check out what’s underneath the hood – each and every one of those links actually goes to https://web.archive.org/web/20111004011735/http://booksalon.kr/:
Remember, you can (and should) always hover your mouse cursor over a link and let your system reveal the actual destination before clicking on a link.
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