It’s been all over the news – the new data protection guidelines – GDPR which came into effect on May 25th . You may have noticed lots of emails from websites, online shops etc. about the data protection changes. But among them there are black sheep lurking, such as phishing emails that asks you to verify your Amazon account information.
But beware: Hackers just want to grab your data. We’ll explain what you need to look out for.
Verifying Amazon account information is fraud
Almost all companies have been sending information mails about the amended General Data Protection Regulations. However, hackers who take advantage of the current uncertainty about the new EU data protection regulation and want to get your data with phishing emails exploit this.
Most recently, there is a fake Amazon email circulating asking you to verify your Amazon account information. It’s not the first time that hackers are taking advantage of the names of big companies for their attacks. Also, the names of Facebook or Netflix were abused in the past for phishing emails. Amazon has been the victim of such phishing attacks several times.
Verify Amazon Account Information: Content of Fraud Mail
In the new Amazon phishing email, the attackers are asking you to verify your Amazon account details. The reason for this is the basic data protection regulation which came into force on 25 May 2018. Allegedly Amazon customers would have to verify their customer data, otherwise their Amazon account would be blocked. To verify your Amazon account details, you should first follow a security link and then the verification process.
But beware: The alleged security link leads you to a fake Amazon login page. If you enter your customer data there, you open the door to the attacker to steal and misuse your data. With this Amazon fraud mail, the hackers shamelessly exploit the current upheaval due to the new GDPR rules.
Fake privacy e-mails in circulation
The e-mail for the allegedly ‘necessary verification’ of the Amazon account data is not the only phishing mail that takes advantage of the GDPR and the ensuing uncertainty of the users. Also in the name of Ebay and PayPal, hackers are currently sending more phishing emails .
So we wanted to warn you! Basically, you should not click on the links contained in suspicious e-mails and always enter the desired page manually in the address bar to log in. Also, never share your personal access information and always check the sender of the email.
Phishing mail clicked – what now?
If you followed the link to verify your Amazon account information or any other fake privacy email, do not panic. It is important to change your passwords – preferably from another device. Likewise, you should report the phishing attack to the police and the company who they are pretending to be. Also launch your antivirus software and have your device tested for vulnerabilities with a security check.