Every day, I get several emails pretending to be Amazon order confirmations. Even though many of them are so obviously faked that they get deleted straight away, there are a few that are convincing enough that you can see how people are fooled. And people clearly are fooled, or else these messages wouldn’t keep arriving.
Here, I’m going to show you how to spot fake Amazon emails, what the fraudsters are hoping to achieve and what you should do with these fraudulent messages.
How to spot the fakes
There are a few telltale signs that an ‘Amazon’ email isn’t genuine.
The first is the sending address. Many email apps don’t show you the full sender’s email address by default anymore, but show you the name the sender chose to use. So, you might see an email arrive with the sender name ‘Amazon’ or ‘Amazon Order’ and assume it’s…