Amazon Prime Day hackers could target you with phishing emails

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Amazon Prime Day Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. Getty Images Amazon Prime Day is just about here, and the massively popular online-shopping event, which happens Monday but has already sparked teaser deals, probably won’t go unnoticed by hackers. You should be very careful if you get an email that claims to be from Amazon, or you might wind up getting tricked into giving away log-in data and financial info. Security So what can you do? Well, it’s probably best to be paranoid and play it safe. Phishing emails like these come in a variety of forms, but one popular ploy is to “warn” you of account changes or other potentially worrisome activity. Don’t fall for it. And don’t — we repeat, don’t — start thoughtlessly clicking links. Here’s McAfee’s advice: “We recommend that if users want to check any account changes on Amazon, which they received via email or other sources, that they go to Amazon.com directly and navigate from there rather than following suspicious links,” the company said in its blog post about the Amazon Phishing Kit. And here’s our guide to how to spot a phishing email. Be careful out there. And happy shopping. The 50 weirdest Amazon Prime Day deals ever Post a comment Apple reading • Amazon Prime Day hackers could target you with phishing emails 50 Photos Best Prime Day deals: Instant Pot, Recast DVR, a free Echo, iPads, AirPods, Marvel movies and more Every Amazon device Prime Day deal: $15 Fire TV Stick, $85 Kindle Paperwhite and more Best Prime Day deals on TVs and media streamers Prime Day 2019 deals 0 • 1:43 Share your voice On Friday, security company McAfee called attention to a phishing scam it first discovered in May that targets Amazon account holders. Based on an earlier phishing package called 16Shop that was originally aimed at people with an Apple account, the Amazon Phishing Kit lets hackers send you a bogus email masquerading as a missive from Amazon. McAfee says links in these emails point to equally bogus Amazon pages designed to fool you into entering sensitive information like your username and password. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know See All Tags Amazon Prime Amazon Hacking Applelast_img

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