Yes it is a scam. If you received an email with a title “Amazon.com – Your Cancellation (XX-XXXX-XXXXX) and wondered whether or not the email really comes from Amazon, think no more. The email is fake and it provides a link that directs to a scam website.

I finally decided to spare a space for this scam on this blog as I keep on receiving emails for the past three weeks now. The emails carry the same texts but with a different ‘XX-XXXX-XXXXX’ numbers in the title.

Here is one I received on May 2:

Dear Customer,
Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here’s a summary of your order:
You just canceled order 120-425-4893 placed on May 2, 2012.
Status: CANCELED
__________________________________
1 “Crooked”; 2007, Second Edition
By: Paul Williams
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
__________________________________
Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!
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Amazon.com
Earth’s Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com

And here the latest one I got today, May 7th:

Dear Customer,
Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here’s a summary of your order:
You just canceled order 17-9676-19762 placed on May 7, 2012.
Status: CANCELED
________________________________
1 “Letterer”; 2006, Special Edition
By: Lee Turner
Sold by: Amazon.com LLC
________________________________
Thank you for visiting Amazon.com!
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Amazon.com
Earth’s Biggest Selection
http://www.amazon.com
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The emails seemed to be targeting Amazon book buyers. The thing is, I never bought any book from Amazon this 2012! That fact alone triggered a red-flag alert. I hovered the mouse on the “www.amazon.com” link and it showed the real destination site: “sp-moulding.com.pl” (warning: do not visit the link). So what’s supposed to be link that goes to Amazon, actually leads to a dangerous website, which may harm your PC or worse may mine your personal info.

Although the link looks legit at first glance, my advice is, be cautious in clicking. Always hover your mouse over the link and check if it really directs to the correct website. If you are doubtful, don’t click, instead try to Google the contents of the email. Most often than not, you will get results and confirm your suspicions.

Browse safely pips!

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