Security experts are tracking a wave of Amazon phishing scams that are flooding inboxes in Europe. However, they believe the scams will be arriving in the U.S. shortly.
These aren't quite the same as other Amazon phishing emails we've warned you about in the past. If you know what to look for, they're actually easy to spot and avoid. So let's see what they look like.
Aside from giving the sender name as "Amazon," the emails have nothing to do with Amazon. If you hover your mouse over the sender name, you'll see that the email address doesn't even have Amazon in it anywhere.
Instead of pretending to be emails from Amazon about a security problem, these emails offer you a chance to get an iPhone 6s for $1. Of course, you need to put in your credit card information to enter.
When you do, you also get a bonus five-day trial to the site myflixhd. Of course, after the trial ends you'll be charged $25 or more a month, and who knows what else is going to be done with your information.
One of the English-language European versions of the scam email looks like this (courtesy of Securelist):
And here is the page you end up on if you click the green "Click Here to Claim Now" button.
As always, the rule to avoid phishing emails is to not click links or download attachments in unsolicited email. If something looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
And in cases where the email might be true, like the author who got a real email telling her she won $150,000, it's good to follow up with a call just to be sure.