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PHISHING SCAM - Amazon 90% Discount Coupon Email


Outline

Email claims that you are the winner of an Amazon discount coupon for 90% off any Amazon product.

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Brief Analysis

The email is not from Amazon and you have not won a 90% discount as claimed. Instead, the message is a phishing scam designed to steal your Amazon login details and other personal information.

Example

Subject: Congratulations! You Are The Winner Of a Discount Coupon For 90%
You Are The Winner of a Discount Coupon For 90% !
Coupon ID : 695F6D356FI1
Dear customer,
This is a random selection from Amazon.com on the occasion of our 20th birthday we selected more than one million customers in first step then we have chosen just ten thousand other customers also randomly to be winner of discount coupon for 90%.
This coupon is valid for all amazon product take it in the link below.
Get Coupon Code
Note:
- The link of the coupon will expire within 24 hour from now.
- The coupon validity is 30 days.

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Detailed Analysis

Email Promises 90% Amazon Discount Coupon

According to this email, you have been selected as one of the winners of a 90% off discount voucher from Amazon. Supposedly, the company is offering the discount to selected customers as a means of celebrating its 20th birthday. The message claims that the coupon is valid for any Amazon product.

It instructs you to click a link to get your coupon code.

Email is a Phishing Scam

However, the email is not from Amazon and you have not won a discount coupon as claimed.

In fact, the message is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.

If you click on the 'coupon code' link in the email, you will be taken to a fake website designed to look like a real Amazon login page. After you login on the fake page with your Amazon account credentials, you may be taken to a second fake page that asks for your credit card details and other personal information.

But, alas, once you have submitted the requested information, it will be sent to the cybercriminals running the phishing campaign. The criminals can then access your Amazon account and use it to conduct fraudulent transactions in your name. They can also use your credit card to commit further fraud.

Scammers regularly target Amazon customers. If you receive an email claiming to be from Amazon that you suspect is a scam, you can report it via the details on the company's website.

Beware Messages Promising Coupons or Vouchers

Phishing scammers often use the promise of free vouchers or coupons as bait. Be wary of unsolicited emails that claim that you are eligible to receive free vouchers or coupons from a company and should click a link or open an attached file to redeem the offer.




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Last updated: August 13, 2014
First published: August 13, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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