Fake emails aimed at Amazon punters

Amazon customers are coming under attack from criminals sending out convincing looking emails asking them to check their account details or order status.

The emails, which begin "Dear customer, your order has been succesfully canceled" (note the shonky spelling) redirect the user to what appears to be a genuine Amazon page which asks for log-in details.

"From time to time, customers may receive emails appearing to come from Amazon, which are actually false emails, or 'phishing emails'," a spokeswoman for Amazon told the Guardian. "These can look similar to real Amazon emails but often direct the recipient to a false website, where they might be asked to provide account information such as their email address and password combination."

Amazon is asking people to report dodgy-looking emails to spoofing@amazon.com and check their order status only by logging into amazon.co.uk.