Threat Management

Amazon customers targeted in phishing scam

Sophos researchers pulled the covers off a phishing scam hitting Amazon customers who are looking for deals on electronics that are too good to be true.

The scam is run by the supposed Amazon merchant Sc-Elegance and hooks victims by offering products at well below market prices, Sophos reported. Sc-Elegance has been caught using this tactic before on Amazon.

The con starts when the victim attempts to check out. A message appears stating the product is no longer available, but then the vendor will email the target saying the item is available and can be purchased by clicking on an imitation Amazon link included in the email. The link leads to a fake, but quite real looking, Amazon payment screen where all of the victim's Amazon login, payment and personal information is asked for.

Sophos said a few clues exist pointing out the scam. There are some misspellings and the site's domain is outside of Amazon's.

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