Amazon users, be aware of fake email messages like the ones below, which claim that your Amazon Prime credit will expire. The fake email messages are being sent by cybercriminals, and the links them go to phishing websites that steal personal and financial information, go to malicious websites that infect computers or mobile devices with malware, go to fraudulent websites that will ask visitors to complete surveys that the cybercriminals behind the scam will get paid for, or go to websites that ask visitors to buy counterfeit or fake products or services.
Therefore, Amazon users are asked never to click on links in email messages that claim that their Amazon credit will expire. They should instead, go directly to www.amazon.com and sign into their accounts from there. This will prevent Amazon users from clicking on malicious links that go to phishing or malicious websites.
A Sample of the Fake "Your $50 Amazon Credit Will Expire" Scam
From: Amazon Rewards [email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:50 PM
Subject: Attn: Your $50 Amazon Credit Will Expire on 2/19/17
ATTN: One (1) NEW MESSAGE RECEIVED REGARDING YOUR AMAZON REWARD POINTS
Amazon Prime Shopper #42021-234
AVAILABLE ONE DAY ONLY!
As a token of our appreciation for your many years of repeat business as well as to celebrate the tremendous success of Amazon Prime we have awarded you with $50 in Amazon bonus points which can be used towards any product that is currently available at Amazon.com.
In order to redeem your new points, just follow the link below and answer a few short questions and use the coupon during checkout at Amazon.com That's all there is to it!
Please Click Here to Claim Your Amazon Reward
***This Expires on 2/19/1