Amazon Prime Day 2019 gets underway tomorrow with the online retailer promising big discounts on its Alexa-powered devices.
That means consumers are likely to see major price cuts across the range of Echo speakers and Amazon is already giving a taste of what could be to come.
The Echo and Echo Dot have both been dropped to a lower cost with the bigger device currently £59.99 and the smaller Dot currently £24.99. FIND THOSE DEALS HERE
These are good discounts and more will be revealed in the coming hours.
However, ahead of this major sales event customers are being warned to be on the lookout for scam emails pretending to be from Amazon.
Research from security firm McAfee has revealed that these fraudulent messages are on the rise with over 200 malicious URLs being used to prey on victims.
McAfee Lab’s has also uncovered a phishing kit currently being used in the US and Japan to trick Amazon customers into handing over their personal information.
Speaking about the scam, Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee said: “Amazon Prime Day is a minefield for shoppers and presents a huge opportunity for cybercriminals to take advantage of unaware Brits.
“Bargain hunters need to think before they hand over their personal information to get the best deal, without being stung.
“Never feel panicked to get the best deal and take your time before entering any personal information.
“Consumers should remember that if an advert for a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is – think before you click on a link to a discount.
“The same goes for emails and messages you receive through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. If a great discount lands in your inbox, you are best off checking out the site directly rather than clicking on any links.”
So, with Prime Day about to begin here are some tips for staying safe online.
• Remember that if an ad for Amazon Prime Day deal looks too good to be true, there’s a good chance it is
• Think before you click on ads shared on social media sites, emails and messages you receive through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc.
• If a discount lands in your inbox, you’re best off to verify it through Amazon directly rather than clicking on any links
Should you find yourself victim to such a cyber-scam, the team at McAfee recommends taking the following steps:
• Change the passwords to any accounts you suspect may have been impacted
• Watch your credit card and bank account statements
• Consider investing in an identity theft monitoring and recovery solution, to help you take a proactive stance to protecting your identity moving forward