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Tue Jan 9 2018 13:20:29

Beware Invitations to Test Amazon Delivery Drones

By: Ina Steiner

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Scammers are getting creative in how they lure would-be victims. There's nothing new about phishing emails pretending to come from a marketplace, retailer, payment service, or bank, but we recently received an email with an interesting twist.

The email said it was from "Amazon Air Beta Test," though the email address didn't use the Amazon domain name (we've redacted the domain name below as it may be a site that is unsafe to visit). 

The subject line read, "Help us test our Prime Air delivery service," a plausible premise given Amazon is gung-ho on finding cheap and innovative ways to deliver packages, including the use of drones.

From: Amazon Air Beta Test <amazon.air.beta.test@(redacted).com>
Subject Help us test our Prime Air delivery service.

The A-Air Corp
We're excited about Prime Air a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system.

Will you help us test our Air Delivery Service? You're in our Prime Air Flight Service Area!

We're providing $100.00 of Amazon Credit to select Beta-Test participants. Get your own Prime Air Delivery today!

(Yes I'd Love To!)

Remember, Amazon will never ask for your Amazon User ID or Password in an email.

Amazon opened a Development Centre in England where engineers are working on delivery drones, among other projects, but it seems very un-Amazon like to offer $100 to beta testers. 

The email is a reminder to remain skeptical about emails purporting to come from ecommerce companies and not to click on links in emails asking you to log in. We recently saw warnings about another phishing email asking sellers to verify their Etsy accounts, which was also a scam.

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Tue Jan 9 16:13:36 2018

Also, recently, emails purportedly from Amazon were sent out, asking recipients to complete a survey, but also asking for much specific personal information. The promised reward was a free watch or some other premium. Positive ''reaction'', supposedly from enthusiastic responder/giftees, were published as proof of its being a bona fide offer. It sounds like a scam to me.

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