This Prime Day, millions of Amazon users are at risk of being scammed. According to new data from NordVPN, most online consumers are unable to recognize Amazon fraud — which is great news for hackers and cybercriminals and bad news for everybody else. Find out how to protect yourself when shopping on Amazon.
Prime Day is a huge online shopping event organized by Amazon. Like Black Friday and other yearly sales, it’s an opportunity for thousands of sellers on Amazon to slash prices and offer limited-time deals.
This year, Prime Day is taking place across July 12 and 13. It’s a major event around the world, especially in America, where this year more than half the population is planning to take part.
However, it’s also an opportunity for scammers and online fraudsters to try and part excited consumers from their money. And according to new research by NordVPN, that might not be hard to do.
NordVPN’s researchers found that 6 in 10 Americans do not feel confident that they could identify an Amazon scam or fraud. And that’s all the more worrying when you consider that 1 in 5 Americans have already been scammed at least once in the past.
Part of the problem may be that most Americans trust Amazon to protect their account information when shopping online — 64% of the public, to be precise. That’s 8% higher than Walmart (56%), in second place.
Amazon phishing scams usually involve a criminal sending an email to a potential victim, disguising the email as an official message from the company. Using Amazon’s trustworthy reputation as cover, they then try to extract money or valuable data from the target.
For example, a scammer might contact someone, pretend to be from Amazon, and tell them that their account has been locked as a security measure. To unlock it, the victim just needs to click a link in the email.
If they do this, two things could happen. The link might automatically infect their device with malware, or it might take the victim to a page that has been designed to look like part of Amazon’s website. Here the victim will be prompted to sign in to their account, and in the process they’ll expose their login information to the hacker.
Phishing attacks come in various shapes and sizes, but they’re sure to spike on and around Prime Day.
You deserve to be able to shop online without the threat of cybercrime and fraud. While no magic bullet can keep you completely safe this Prime Day, you can start taking steps right now to raise your cybersecurity levels dramatically.