That reported the Consumer center already a few days ago. The reports from users who received a phishing e-mail with the subject “Unusual activity in the Amazon account” had suddenly increased among consumer advocates.
The current variant of the phishing e-mail claims that the customer account at Amazon was temporarily blocked due to “unusual activities”. To restore access, click the button in the email and follow the on-screen instructions to restore the account.
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Permanent ban threatened
The cybercriminals build pressure by claiming that if you don’t perform this recovery within 72 hours, Amazon will permanently ban your account. The cybercriminals then request various personal data, which are said to be necessary to legitimize the release of the Amazon account. Then it says that after Amazon has carried out all the instructions, the data will be checked and “Amazon Support” will “answer” within 24 hours.
“Even with this typical fraud attempt, you should under no circumstances click on the ‘button’,” explains the consumer advice center. “To protect your data, we advise you to move the e-mail to the spam folder unanswered.”
What should one do with such emails?
If phishing is suspected, you can first check the content of the message – and then confidently move the e-mail to the spam folder and delete it. Security experts advise checking the content via Google, for example. In the case of the Amazon blocking e-mail, one can enter amazon.de via the web browser itself and try to log in. Under no circumstances should you use the links sent in spam and phishing emails.