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A new kind of scam - involving Amazon purchase cancellations, or so you think


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Initial post: 4 May 2012 20:46:34 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
Just a warning to folks. I received an email from Amazon.com seemingly confirming the cancellation of a book order. It even gives you a book order reference.

The link is, in fact, a tinyurl which takes you to a scam page. Hover your mouse over the link and it shows the destination which is not an Amazon page.

If you receive one of these emails telling you that your cancellation is confirmed DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.

To be safe, delete it, or forward the email to email@actionfraud.org.uk.

Go through your own Amazon account to check if you really do have a cancelled purchase, if you have any doubts.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 20:50:24 BDT
Marion says:
Thanks for that. Clagg.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 20:52:08 BDT
Maria says:
Thanks for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 21:17:30 BDT
I wonder how the scammer got your email address complete with a book order reference?

Dave.

Posted on 4 May 2012 21:19:04 BDT
Suze says:
Thanks for the warning Clagg.

Posted on 4 May 2012 21:42:08 BDT
Thanks for the tip-off Clagg

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2012 21:45:15 BDT
H.Q. says:
I've had about 10 'cancelled order' emails in the last few days. Straight to the trash!

Posted on 4 May 2012 22:45:48 BDT
I too have received around four or five of these cancellation things and has H.Q rightly says .... Straight to trash!!!

Posted on 4 May 2012 23:51:35 BDT
Caain says:
Hi Clagg and thanks for the warning - off to check my emails (haven't even looked at them today!)
As always, "take care, stay safe"... :)
Amities et ciao, ciao for now,
Caain x

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2012 09:17:46 BDT
Zathras says:
They probably just made up the order reference, and got your Email address off of some forum or website that you signed up for.
A lot of websites sell the Email addresses & even personal details of their members to get extra income.
If you can get away with a temporary (something like "Only valid for 12 hours") Email address when signing up for web forums etc. you could always try some site like http://anonymbox.com/

Posted on 5 May 2012 12:35:20 BDT
huggy says:
Happened to me a couple of months ago and I posted about it on this forum too. You can never be too careful.

Posted on 6 May 2012 16:19:55 BDT
I just checked my spam folder, and found about a dozen of them, something about them is triggering the spam filter which lets genuine amazon.com and amazon.co.uk mails through.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 16:46:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012 16:46:26 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Chookgate, having read your post I did the same and Yahoo has been filtering them out for me too.

Posted on 6 May 2012 16:50:08 BDT
MrsMac2B says:
same for me i only just got my kindle last week, but spotted the .com and the Dear customer at the top of the email so kinda knew it was a fake plus the book names did not match any i had purchased, just remember amazon know your name and dont say dear customer!

Posted on 6 May 2012 17:39:52 BDT
J. H says:
I'd not say its particularly new, but surely no one is thick enough to fall for this bull...

Posted on 7 May 2012 06:23:12 BDT
Unfortunately J.H, some people must be taken in or there wouldn't be so many trying it on. I have an aunt who panics if she gets anything vaguely official looking in the post, I dread to think what would happen if she had an email address. People who are very honest themselves can be vulnerable to this sort of thing, they can't imagine that others do not always act with good intentions.
Personally I tend to have a good laugh at the eejits that think I'm going to believe that I've won a lottery that I didn't enter but every week in the news you read about someone who has been scammed out of everything they own.

Posted on 7 May 2012 07:15:31 BDT
Shell says:
Wow!! Iv just checked my spam folder and I seem to have had more cancellations than I have books.!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 07:32:41 BDT
Suze says:
JH, some people are still new to computers and don't understand the scam thing. A lot of people in their 70s and 80s are falling for it, purely because they're inexperienced with computers. It certainly doesn't mean they're thick, just not used to this type of con artist.

Posted on 7 May 2012 07:40:02 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
It is also testament to the fact that people are clever and target email addresses with what looks like real emails from the companies. It isn't that they're thick, JH, it is just that people don't know what they should be looking for in these emails and don't know what to do about it if they think it is a scam.

Posted on 7 May 2012 07:51:06 BDT
Typical J.H . response there,rather than offer some good advice he reverts to his normal insulting posts calling unfortunate people "thick" Why don't you be nice for a change J.H?,you never know,you might like it

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 07:57:45 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 08:03:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2012 08:05:35 BDT
cold pizza, re heated curry,I've had, but never the fish supper, might be worth a try though Helen, better than going for a pint with J.H. that's for sure.

Loki,

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 08:14:32 BDT
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Posted on 7 May 2012 08:15:47 BDT
"BookWorm" says:
Thanks for the heads up. These scammers have no sham I bet their mother's are real proud

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2012 08:17:39 BDT
Suze says:
Their mothers probably taught half of them.
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