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Increase in Amazon Phishing Attacks Before the Sale Season
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Increase in Amazon Phishing Attacks Before the Sale Season

Phishing attacks against the successful company Amazon are increasing just before the sale season arrives. Here’s the reason behind the increase in Amazon phishing attacks before the sale season!

What caused the increase in Amazon phishing attacks before the sale season?

Increase in Amazon Phishing Attacks Before the Sale Season
Increase in Amazon Phishing Attacks Before the Sale Season

Amazon is a fast-growing company that is breaking sales records. Due to the increasing demand, it was on the agenda in the past months with the news that 100,000 employees will be hired to meet this. However, with more customers, it became the target of attacks.

According to recent reports, the increase in Amazon phishing attacks before the sale season is mainly caused by phone calls. The person on the phone says they are calling from Amazon, and even says Amazon’s support line on the caller ID. The attacker asks the customer to verify their order from Amazon.

Experts found that attackers often claimed something was wrong with your account. They say customers shouldn’t be fooled by such claims. The only purpose of the attackers on the phone is to deceive you and take control of your computer. Users caught off guard and fear that your account has been compromised fall into this trap. When they click on the posted link, the attackers install remote access software on their computers. That way, they manage to access everything inside the computer.

Amazon employees also insist that they do not search to verify your order. Amazon allows you to do all kinds of transactions regarding order verification and changes on its own site.

A customer who was deceived in exactly this way recently called Amazon and reported the attack. He said that he shut down the computer when he noticed the attack, but it was too late for everything. The hacker, who encrypted the files on the customer’s computer, demanded a $ 3,000 ransom.

How can you protect yourself from these phishing attacks?

Increase in Amazon Phishing Attacks Before the Sale Season
Increase in Amazon Phishing Attacks Before the Sale Season
  • If you receive a call that says Amazon on your caller ID, do not answer the phone.
  • Wait for a message instead of picking up the phone. Probably no message will be left.
  • If the caller wants to verify your Amazon order when you turn the phone on, hang up.
  • Do not click on links from people you do not know.
  • If your computer is compromised, disconnect your internet connection, and seek professional help.
  • Test yourself with simulated phishing tests! In 8 languages, our Phishing simulation platform offers over 80 + simulations, each with a special phishing email scenario, of Turkish, English, German, French, and other languages.
  • Test your technologies with email security gap analysis tools! We regularly review your technologies (such as firewalls, anti-virus, and anti-spam) with our email security analysis gap tool. The results help you recognize flaws in your system and take the necessary steps quickly and effectively before being attacked.