We are just a few hours away from the start of Prime Day 2020, the most important sales event of the year, and which will again have 48 hours of deals for Prime customers around the world among which is Mexico. However, Amazon has been launching some attractive offers prior to the event for several days, such as discounts on certain products or giving almost a 2 × 1 on certain Amazon Echo products, and this is something that cybercriminals have also taken advantage of.
According to figures from last year’s Prime Day, the company sold in 48 hours more than 175 million products and generated over $ 7 billion at the event, which is why cybercriminals trying to fool consumers with offers is something we knew would happen.
Prime Day scams have grown in the last 30 days
According to the latest report from the security firm, Check Point Research, in the last 30 days there has been a 21% increase in registered domains containing the word Amazon compared to the previous month, and of these sites, at least 28% are malicious, and another 10% are highly suspicious to be.
On the other hand, the word Prime has also reported an entry in the registry of sites, of which 20% have been reported as malicious.
The above means that cybercriminals are creating fake sites with the word Amazon or Prime to make users believe that they are buying a product on sale days before Prime Day, their intention will probably be to deceive as many users as possible during the 48 hours the event lasts.
The intention of the criminals is to do phishing, that is, to steal your login and banking data, making you believe that you are entering them directly into Amazon, although in reality that data is being entered into databases that these crackers control.
How can you protect yourself?
The recommendations of the Check Point security experts are as follows:
- Check for misspellings in the link you visit: fake sites usually have spelling mistakes or special characters to mislead people, so the first thing you have to do is www.amazon.com it is actually well written, as you will usually find examples like www.Amaz0n.com to try to fool you, well you might see something like www.amazon.co
- Verify that whenever you enter Amazon, the secure site certificate appears, you find this as “https”.
- Do not use the same password for all services, because if they hack you, they will be able to enter other accounts with the same email.
- If you receive offers by email, verify that you are actually entering an Amaozn site, if doing so asks you to log in, it is better that you look for the product directly from the store.
- Finally, try to enter the Amazon website directly by typing the address in the search engine, or from the official app on Android and iOS, since many times email links could be an attack by cybercriminals.