Subject: Amazon request: Please follow the Member Verification Procedure!
Place or Update Credit Card on File
Dear Amazon Customer ,
This is your final warning about the safety of your Amazon account. If you do not update your billing informations your access on Amazon features will be restricted and the user deleted. This might be due to either following reasons:
- A recent change in your personal information (i.e. change of address)
- Submiting invalid information during the initial sign up process.
- An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due an internal error within
If your account information is not updated, your ability to use your Amazon account will become restricted.Thank you,
Amazon Billing Department
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Some signs this particular e-mail had of being a scam:
1. The e-mail was sent to multiple addresses (which all showed up on the address line)
2. The links that appear to be legitimate on the surface, if you mouse over them (in the original e-mail - I didn't want to risk including them here), indicate that they lead to some other url entirely than what they claim.
3. Typographical errors, such as: "An inability to accurately verify your selected option of payment due an internal error within our processors."
4. Of course it's also ridiculous that an online store would require you to have an updated credit card on file just to browse their store.
5. I didn't even notice this the first time around, but there's a bizarre spelling error in the fine print - "perxsonal". There are several other spelling errors. This is one sloppy phisher-dude.
Here are some sites on recognizing and avoiding phishing scams and other means of stealing personal information:
Amazon's official Phishing Info Page
Microsoft: Recognizing Phishing Scams
Computer World, Security, Phishing
Spear-Phishing: Highly Targeted Scams
Snopes also has a whole section on Phishing Scams (with examples)
And on a related topic, be sure not to fall for the Nigerian Scam. (This one's been around for a long time too).