Don’t Fall Prey to This Amazon-Looking Phishing Email

Getting a little impatient about that Amazon shipment that should be arriving just in time for the holidays? Watch out, because a new phishing campaign has been detected that looks like an email from Amazon regarding a holiday shipment. Victims end up compromising their computer systems by clicking on the “Order Details” link in emails that look like they come from Amazon.

The fake emails have the following subject lines: 

  • Your Amazon.com order
  • Order #153-5168164-0006599
  • Amazon order details
  • Your order 162-2672000-0034071 has shipped
  • Order #188-1301600-0441976 details

“It’s important to remember that cybercriminals are very aware of current technologies, and spend time learning how to bypass traditional email security gateways,” according to email security platform Edgewave, which discovered the phishing campaign. “The iterations listed above are liable to fly right past most gateways, landing in the user’s Inbox – nirvana for the modern cybercriminal. This is exactly why EdgeWave believes the Inbox is the next cybersecurity battleground.”

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Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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