Cyber crooks are using a fake Amazon receipt generator to con merchants during the the mad shopping rush that accompanies the holiday season.
Security software vendor GIF has come across a receipt generator tool, freely available on the web, that creates HTML-based sale receipts similar to the ones given out by Amazon and its partner retailers.
The tool allows scammers to create convincing copies of a receipt, complete with genuine looking details like item number, price, shipping address and other details. Scammers approach the retailers with the receipts claiming that the product that they ordered never arrived and demand a refund.
Scammers are looking to take advantage of the holiday shopping season as retailers wade through piles of sale orders.
In a post made by researcher Christopher Boyd on the Sunbelt Software blog, he explained: “As you can see, the careful seller has little to worry about – many of the items in the fake printout are convincing as a whole, but once you start digging into the details a little bit it quickly falls apart.”