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Amazon account verification ?
The following e-mail arrived. Appears to be a message from Amazon, but on closer examination it's not what it seems. It had us fooled for at least 20 seconds. This is rare, as usually these things are uncovered much quicker than that!
----- Original Message
From: Amazon.com, Inc
To: [address harvested from Circular Newsletter Sign-Up Page]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 11:04 PM
Subject: Maintaining the trust of our customers !!!
It is of course a hoax! Amazon did not send the message. The truth is it's a phishing attack, and if you get fooled by these things you can end up being victim to identity theft. Usually this happens with bank hoax messages, where the senders pretend to be your bank, and then they try to get you to "verify" your identity, thus disclosing it.
Incidentally, you can see the senders' first language is not English. There are some interesting mistakes in the language used in the message, mistakes which the Amazon book company would not make. Nevertheless it is quite convincing, with the stolen logo at the top, and various scary nonsense about security and copyright. I think the hoaxers let themselves down towards the end of the message with "...wich is securely incrypted in SLL"!
The actual Amazon company wouldn't ask you for photo IDs, and they'd also not say "Dear Customer" as they would know your name! If you've been fooled into sending the spoof site any photos of yourself and other security information, you may have to do some chasing about to warn people that your security has been compromised. If people try to pass themselves off as you, they could then get caught!
In the original hoax message on the bit that said "To confirm your identity with us click HERE", the link went to a .nl (Dutch) site. In the carefully stuffed and mounted version on this page I have replaced it with a link to one of my other pages, obviously!
If you'd like to visit the real Amazon company, you are welcome to go via my Amazon page. I'm not the real Amazon company either, but I am on their affiliate program. So at least you can get to the official site from there. Visit Amazon here. Or, if you'd like to see some more hoaxes you can have a look at the Yahoo Screensaver or the Microsoft critical patch update or any number of messages pretending to be from your bank
This type of thing, hoax messages, can be a problem, but not so much if you have some good sense about it.