Warning Fake Amazon Emails Likely Viruses

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rfrazier

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Hi Guys and Gals. I wanted to let you know about some fake Amazon emails that I've been seeing in my inbox. Since many of us are frequently ordering things here in Covid land, these can easily trap people. Maybe less so with this audience. Maybe more so with our families. But, even geeks are not immune to scams.

These emails are very likely viruses or links to viruses. If you see these or something similar, delete them without opening them. It's also a good idea to keep automatic preview windows turned off in your email. Mine say from amzon line or amzonline.in. Note the misspelling and the ending of .in and not .com. Many email systems hide the actual sender address. My tablet shows the actual sender (but that can also be faked). My Thunderbird on the PC does not. One technique you can use to see details is to view all headers. Also, it MAY be less dangerous to start to forward the message or print it just to get a look at it without opening it normally. @Steve might have to tell us if that's a good idea or not. The subject on mine says your 29 November order confirmation # (gibberish numbers), which is a date format most people in the USA don't use. Also, be especially wary of "your order is being shipped" emails or "your refund is being processed" or "your order for -expensive item you didn't order- is complete" or "there's a problem with your order", etc. Definitely don't click links or attachments in these if you happen to open the message. Turn off javascript in your email system if you have the option. As the header on a devotional I saw said, the Devil never rests. As @Steve or Captain Kirk / Picard / Archer / Janeway / Cisco might say, "keep the shields at full power". Just wanted to give you a heads up.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast AND may your computers be virus free. :cool: Ron
 
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Hi all. Here's a small update. I just found another email probably from the same group. The subject line has the same pattern. This time, the from info is:
smartshopper today or smartshopper.today
PS, being able to register a domain name with ANYTHING after the last period seems to invite fraud and appears to be a bad idea.
Somebody really needs to take slime like this down. Hope it helps.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
 
Yeah. I know. I've learned it many times. They keep changing tactics. When you really ARE getting packages, there's half a second when your finger wants to click the mouse. Just trying to prevent people from getting caught. Must be working, as much of this crud as there is around. Ron