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Safe Online Shopping
Security is a priority at Amazon.co.uk and we make every effort to ensure that our transaction process is safe and that your personal information is secure
Do Not Share Personal Information
Amazon.co.uk will never e-mail or call you to ask you to disclose or verify your Amazon.co.uk password, credit card or bank-account number, or any other personal information. If you're contacted or receive an unsolicited e-mail which asks you any of this information, disregard the request and report the incident to Amazon.co.uk for investigation.Back to top
Always Pay Via Amazon Marketplace
Amazon.co.uk Marketplace is safe, secure and guaranteed. It provides you with a convenient method of payment and is the only authorised and recognised form of payment for items sold by Sellers on Amazon.co.uk. You should never pay for a Marketplace item outside of the Amazon.co.uk site.
If you're contacted by a Seller requesting payment via another method, you should regard it as fraudulent and must report to Amazon.co.uk. Items paid for outside Amazon.co.uk Marketplace aren't eligible for protection under the Amazon.co.uk A-to-Z Safe Buying Guarantee.Back to top
Check your Seller's Feedback
Always check a Seller's feedback history before you order an item from them. This is the most important indicator of their overall quality and will give you information about the quality of their products, the speed and quality of their dispatch and delivery and their willingness to resolve transaction disputes.Back to top
Identify False (Spoof or Phishing) E-mails
To help identify phishing e-mails and for tips on safe online shopping, see our short Help Video:
If you receive an e-mail asking you for personal information or directing you to a site other than Amazon.co.uk, or asking you to pay outside of Amazon Marketplace, it could be a "spoof" or "phishing" e-mail and should be considered as fraudulent.
Genuine Amazon e-mails come from an e-mail address ending in "@amazon.co.uk" or "@amazon.com". If you receive an e-mail in a different format i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org, you can be sure that it's fraudulent.
Some phishing e-mails contain links to websites that contain the word "amazon" somewhere in the URL but will take you to a completely different website. If you hover over the link you often can see the underlying URL which will be in a different format to those linked to within the Amazon sites.
If you click though on a phishing e-mail and are taken to a page looking like "Your Account" or anything that asks you to verify or change your personal details, you should consider it as fraudulent.Back to top
Report Phishing E-mails
E-mail email@example.com and attach the e-mail you suspect is fake. By attaching the e-mail we can more easily trace its origins. If you can't include the e-mail as an attachment, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and include as much of the header information as you can.Back to top
Choose a Strong Password
Use a different password on Amazon to that which you use on other websites. If you need help remembering your password, write it down and keep it in your purse, wallet, or another secure location. Use at least 8 characters and though it's not a requirement, adding numbers or special characters to your password will make it even stronger. For example, the password "rivers2!%" is a much stronger password than "rivers."
Avoid passwords that are easy to guess, such as "secret," "password," "letmein," "amazon," or "123456". Avoid using only a dictionary word, your name, e-mail address, or other personal information that can easily be obtained.
Passwords are case sensitive. For instance, "RIVERS2!%" and "rivers2!%" are two different passwords. When choosing a password, remember the capitalisation you use, and make sure that the CAPS LOCK key on your keyboard isn't turned on.Back to top
Protect Your Passwords
Keep your passwords private; anybody who knows your password may access your account. Avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts. Always log out when you complete an online session on a public computer. Change your password periodically.Back to top
Protect Your System
Some phishing e-mails contain attachments and link to websites that try to install malicious software on your computer. Here are some ways you can help protect your system against these types of threats.
Be Wary of Unsolicited E-mails and Phone Calls
We'll never call or e-mail you to ask for your Amazon.co.uk password, credit card, or banking account number. That information should only be submitted when completing an order with us, registering to sell on Amazon, when contacting us directly, or when making updates to Your Account.
If you receive a suspicious e-mail with a link to update your account information, don't click on the link. Instead go directly to www.amazon.co.uk and then to Your Account to update the information.
For help determining whether or not a contact came from Amazon, please visit our Security & Privacy page.Back to top
If You're a Buyer, Only Use Amazon for Marketplace Transactions
Review the Feedback on Your Seller to see what other customers say about their experiences with the seller. Only place Marketplace orders through the Amazon Shopping Basket or 1-Click; never pay using an alternative method like cheque, cash, postal order, etc.
Marketplace orders not made through the Shopping Basket or 1-Click aren't covered by the A-to-z Safe Buying Guarantee.Back to top
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