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Identifying spoof emails
From time to time you might receive e-mails purporting to come from Amazon.co.uk which do not come from actual Amazon.co.uk accounts; instead, they are falsified and attempt to convince you to reveal sensitive account information. These false e-mails, also called "spoof e-mails" or "phishing e-mails," look similar to real e-mail. Often these e-mails direct you to a false website that looks similar to an Amazon.co.uk website, where you might be asked to give your account information and password.
Unfortunately, these false websites can steal your sensitive information; later, this information can be used without your knowledge to commit fraud.
To protect yourself from responding to these e-mails and revealing sensitive or private information, you can follow a few simple rules:
Know what Amazon.co.uk won't ask for
Amazon.co.uk will never ask you for the following information in an e-mail communication:
Review grammatical or typographical errors
Be on the lookout for poor grammar or typographical errors. Many phishing e-mails are translated from other languages or are sent without being proof-read. As a result, these messages can contain bad grammar or typographical errors.
Check the return address
Is the e-mail from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk or from a "phisher"? Genuine e-mails come from an e-mail address ending in "@amazon.com" or "@amazon.co.uk".
While phishers often send forged e-mail to make it look like it comes from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, you can frequently determine whether it's authentic by checking the return address. If the "from" line of the e-mail looks like "firstname.lastname@example.org" or "email@example.com," or contains the name of another Internet Service Provider (ISP), you can be sure it is a fraudulent e-mail.
Most e-mail clients let you examine the source of the e-mail. Check the e-mail header information to see that the "received from," "reply to," and "return path" for the e-mail comes from @amazon.com or @amazon.co.uk. The method you use to check the header information varies depending upon the e-mail client you use.
Check the website address
Some phishers set up spoofed websites that contain the word "amazon" somewhere in the URL. Genuine Amazon websites always end with ".amazon.com" or ".amazon.co.uk" -- that is, "sellercentral-europe.amazon.com", "sellercentral.amazon.co.uk", "www.amazon.com" or "www.amazon.co.uk".
We never use a combination such as "security-amazon.com" or "amazon.com.biz".
Some phishing e-mails include a link that looks as though it will take you to your seller account, but it is really a shortened link to a completely different website. If you hover over the link in your e-mail client, you can sometimes see the underlying, false Web address, either as a popup or as information in the browser status bar.
When in doubt, contact Seller Support through the Contact Us form in our Help pages.
Please use the e-mail address associated with your Amazon.co.uk Seller account.
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