Ignore this viral 'Apple AirPods' scam – Amazon says raffle is a total fake

AMAZON is on a mission to sue 50 unknown scammers that are sending out fake messages pretending to be from the tech giant.

The messages claim things like the recipient has won "Amazon pods" and encourages people to click on a link to claim the fake prize.

The Verge reporter Sean Hollister reported receiving a scam message which read: "Amazon: Congratulations Sean, you came in 2nd in March's Amazon pods raffle! Click the link to…"

The message directs the recipient to a link which leads to a webpage that looks scarily official and very similar to Amazon's real website.

If you receive a similar message, you're advised to ignore it and not click any links.

The website encourages people to take a survey and buy products they don't necessarily want or need.

According to Amazon’s legal complaint documents, the tech giant is suing for the use of its logos, web design and pointless surveys that try and trick innocent people into buying products.

The start of the lawsuit document states that the scammers are operating "an unlawful advertising scheme that infringes Amazon's trademarks in order to fraudulently generate internet traffic so as to unlawfully profit from affiliate networks and online advertisers."

It also mentions "the numerous victims who receive Defendant's text messages on their mobile phones and visit their websites."

The scammers seem to make money by referring people to the products the surveys advocate.

Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't know exactly who the scammers are but is hoping its legal action will help to unmask them.

Right now the lawsuit is simply filed against 50 unknown people.

Amazon filed a similar scam lawsuit in 2018 and ended up unmasking at least four defendants who got permanent injunctions.

The company is said to have won $1.5 million in trying to get justice against scammers.

How to stay safe from hackers

  • Protect your devices and networks by keeping them up to date: use the latest supported versions, use anti-virus and scan regularly to guard against known malware threats.
  • Use multi-factor authenticationto reduce the impact of password compromises.
  • Tell staff how to report suspected phishing emails, and ensure they feel confident to do so, investigate their reports promptly and thoroughly.
  • Set up a security monitoring capability so you are collecting the data that will be needed to analyse network intrusions
  • Prevent and detect lateral movement in your organisation’s networks.

In other news, Instagram is making it easier for you to publicly display your pronouns on your profile.

The deadline deadline for accepting WhatsApp's new privacy policies is fast approaching.

And, Facebook is facing backlash in the US over plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13.

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