Amazon Prime Day is approaching on June 21st with special promotions. This also mean cybercriminals are ready to strike with leveraging 'special deals' on the online days that they will utilize to create scams.
Last year during Amazon Prime Day, Checkpoint noted that 20% of domains registered containing the words "Amazon" and "Prime" that were malicious. This year, almost half of the domains were seen as malicious with new related domains being 32% malicious sites.
With phishing techniques constantly getting more innovative, there are newer and easier ways for victims who are shopping for the latest deals to fall for these types of attacks. Below is an example researchers at Checkpoint found:
It was an inactive link that looks like it was sent from "Customer Service". It is recommended to look out for these warning signs:
- Look out for any misspellings on any emails and ads
- If you're asked to provide additional details (ex. your birthday or social security number) it is most likely a scam
- Make sure to have a strong password created before Amazon Prime Day, and use Credit Cards instead of debit cards
It's important to ensure your users are always prepared for any type of attack, especially during holidays like Amazon Prime Day. Frequent phishing tests and new-school security awareness training are important to ensure your users are prepared. If you're a KnowBe4 customer, we have an example template available in the Current Events section on the phishing template category.
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