With everything from tents to tech, Amazon has become the go-to online shop for users around the world; as the website’s popularity continues to grow, so does the trend of Amazon phishing emails. Below is one of these phishing emails broken down into sections and how to identify this email is fraudulent.
This email is sent from “Hunter Kemp” from the domain “rhodeislandcu.com” which is a clear indicator that this email is not from the authentic Amazon.com, which would come from an Amazon.com domain.
While the subject line appears normal when given a quick glance, a closer inspection shows the flaws in its construction. The first stand out indicator is the question “Shop at Amazon.com?” this question is strange since the actual email is addressed to “Amazon Shopper.” The second part of the subject line is also a bit off; since there is a lack of currency sign.
As mentioned above, this email is addressed to “Amazon Shopper.” Phishing emails will often use a generic term such as customer or shopper to address the user since they may not have access to the user’s personal information like their first name.
The email uses the proper Amazon colors and fonts, but lacks the company’s logo which is a big indicator this email is not legitimate.
The content of this email is very bare and lacks information, typical of a phishing email. The call to action button is also a big red flag as there is no program called Amazon Perks.
Both links on this email (the call to action button and the strange blue URL at the top of the page) when hovered over show a rhodeislandcu.com URL instead of an Amazon URL, which is the biggest identifier of phishing in this email.
Finally, users should identify that there is a strange name and address at the bottom of this email, making it very unlikely that this is a legitimate email.
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