Cyber threat intelligence provider Check Point Research has uncovered phishing emails targeting Amazon Prime Day shoppers.
In the run-up to this year’s Amazon Prime Day, which is scheduled for July 12 and 13, security researchers recorded a 37 per cent jump in Amazon-related phishing attacks in early July compared to the daily average for June.
In addition, nearly 1900 new domains with the term “Amazon” appeared in June, of which nearly 10 per cent were either malicious or suspicious.
However, the 1,900 new domains fall short of the 2,303 new Amazon-related domains found in the weeks leading up to Amazon Prime Day in 2021.
To explain the decline, experts pointed out that the attackers are trying to avoid the term “Amazon” in their domain registration in order to evade detection, and that fraudsters could be saving the domains for future use.
Check Point offered several tips to protect users from phishing scams: watch out for emails that misspell Amazon.com, search for the lock icon in the address bar, share as little information as possible, and have a strong Amazon password.
Shoppers are also advised not to shop via a public network on Amazon Prime Day and are also warned to look out for bargains that sound too good to be true. Lastly, shoppers are advised to always use their credit cards when shopping online.
The sources for this piece include an article in TechRepublic.