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Amazon Gift Card scam. 3 versions listed. 2020 Guide provided

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Amazon Gift Card scam is a fraud which delivers offers that are too good to be true

Image of Amazon Gift Card virusAmazon Gift Card fraud offers $1000 gift card or other non-existent and expensive prizes.

Questions about Amazon Gift Card scam

Amazon Gift Card scam is a deceptive pop-up which promises non-existent prizes. Usually, people receive suggestions to complete surveys, watch video ads, or install questionable programs. In return, they are promised to be included in the contest where they can win a free $1000 Amazon Gift Card or other expensive prizes, e.g. iPhones, iPads, Samsung smartphones. [1] Unfortunately, alternatively known as Amarktflow, Amazon Gift Card Scam is merely a trick to obtain personal data of the victim or lure into installing less than reliable software. Note, that this is a scam which should never be trusted. If you are seeing pop ups related to this giveaway, you should make sure that your system is not infected with adware.

Summary
Name Amazon Gift Card scam
Type Scam
Danger level High. Has been appearing on different websites for several months
Affected OS Windows, iOS, MacOS
Distribution methods The fake pop up is caused by adware
Symptoms Redirects and pop-ups asking to fill the survey in order to win Amazon gift card, iPhone, Samsung phones or other goods
Main dangers Might trick into installing suspicious programs or revealing personal information
To uninstall adware which is used to promote such scams, install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run a full system scan.

So-called Amazon Gift Card virus typically spreads with the help of adware[2] programs which can be installed in software bundle silently. After the hijack, the ad-supported application might replace alter browser’s settings and trigger redirects to the scam website. To convince their victims, scammers have also started using Amazonaws to host their misleading data.

Users can also be redirected to Amazon Gift Card scam site when visiting high-risk websites, such as gaming, gambling or pornographic. Such websites are the main source of cyber threats, so clicking some buttons or links on these sites might redirect to fraudulent websites.

Amazon Gift Card survey scam example

Security researchers detected several versions of Amazon Gift Card virus. One of the first ones is known as Amazon Assistant virus. Nevertheless, time goes by and such scams go further. Scammers hiding behind the latest malvertising campaign are asking to take some action in order to claim the prize. Currently, known scams are asking to:

  • choose one of several treasure chests to select a prize;
  • claim the “reward”;
  • fill in a survey;
  • confirm that all personal information (e.g., email address) is accurate
  • watch YouTube videos;
  • install suspicious add-ons.

Authors of Amazon Gift Card scam might generate revenue from filled surveys, installed programs or browser extensions or video views. Undoubtedly, these websites that claim about winning the lottery are fake. They might be used for spreading malware, spyware or swindling sensitive information. Therefore, you should not be tricked by any similar message that might appear on your browser’s screen:

Congratulations! Amazon.com User!
Every Monday We select 10 lucky Amazon.com users randomly to receive a gift from our sponsors. This gif is ONLY for users in United States! This is our way of thanking you for your constantly support for our products and services.

You can choose a $1000 Amazon Gift Card, Apple iPhone X 256G or Samsung Galaxy S8.

All you need to do is to answer the following 3 questions to begin. Good luck!

Note: ACT NOW! 8 users have received this invitation and there are only a few rewards available.

You have 1 minute XXX seconds to answer the following questions before we give the rewards to another lucky user! Good luck!

Question 1 of 3: 
Who founded Amazon?
(97% answered correctly)

Amazon scam[3] can claim about winning many other goods, including iPhones or other shop vouchers. However, you should not be tricked by such great news. Just close browser’s tab and forget about it. If website prevents from closing it, you have to force-quit the browser or restart your computer to remove Amazon Gift Card scam.

If redirects to scam website constantly appear on the browser, you should also check the computer for adware program. You can suspect the computer infection if you noticed aggressive ads, pop-ups and got redirected to other suspicious websites. In this case, you should opt for automatic Amazon Gift Card scam removal with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware[4] program.

Examples of Amazon Gift Card scams"Amazon Gift Card" is a scam that tricks Internet users that they won a gift from Amazon.

The time when gift card scams are the most active

Even though Amazon Gift Card fraud might be spreading though out the year, experts note that there are several days when people should be extremely cautious. Usually, scammers take advantage of global sale days when a vast of people are rushing to shop online to get great deals. 

Scam is the most active during the following days:

  • Black Friday;
  • Amazon Prime Day;
  • Cyber Monday.

Most recently, experts detected Amazon Gift Card scam spreading disguised under the name of Amazon Prime Day. This is a one-day-only sale which is designed for prime users only. As the company offers great deals, criminals take advantage and try to trick users via spam emails.

Amazon Gift Card fraudAmazon Gift Card scam is the most active during Cyber Monday, Black Friday, or Amazon Prime Day.

Most commonly, people receive invitations to click on an innocent-looking link inside the email to enter a contest and win free Amazon Gift Card during Amazon Prime Day. A vast of people fall for this scam and may end up with sensitive information leak or even financial losses. Therefore, experts recommend to be extremely cautious of scams during these days. This is the time when people act recklessly online to be the first ones with great deals. You should only trust the information obtained from the official website of the company.  

Scam websites exploit computing power to generate cryptocurrency

Cybersecurity experts report about a new scam tactic which is designed to mine cryptocurrency with the help of fake gift card sites in 2018. Victims who visit a fraudulent website are asked to enter the survey. During that time, malicious scripts are activated stealthily which are programmed to use an excessive amount of CPU for crypto-mining activities. 

The “Amazon Gift Card” scam website included a timer and users are required to wait until it reaches zero before they can fill the survey. Meanwhile, the site starts running malicious scripts to mine cryptocurrency by secretly using “the lucky visitor’s” computer’s resources. The important thing is that the countdown timer never reaches zero. It is immediately set to 59 again.

Amazon scam pages generate views on YouTube videos

There are other sites which are designed to improve rankings on YouTube videos. They are programmed to redirect victims to specific videos and promise great gifts if they watch them completely. Additionally, the pages have a timer as users are asked to wait till the countdown hits 0 and access free Amazon Gift Card. 

Amazon Gift Card scam YouTube versionAmazon Gift Card scam is helping malevolent people increase Youtube video rankings.

Meanwhile, the browser is forced to connect and watch various videos on YouTube. There are a couple of versions why this activity is used:

  • to increase subscribers;
  • to boost annual video watching time;
  • increase view count;
  • help video creators to rank higher in the YouTube search.

The list of Amazon Gift Card scams' versions

It is evident that criminals have already developed numerous versions of scams. It might get confusing to identify and recognize them all. So, we have listed them down below to ensure that you are aware of online frauds related to this popular retailer.

$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you

Example of  “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” virusAmazon Gift Card scam might spread with the help of adware programs.

The “$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” pop-up is delivered by a fake website which users might encounter when they browse through insecure sites, clicks on a malicious ad or have adware installed on the computer.

The misleading website is using Amazon’s color scheme; however, it has nothing in common with a popular platform. Therefore, you should not get tricked by the exciting message the fake site delivers:

Congratulations!
(1) $1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you!
Step 1: Click the “CONTINUE” button to claim your prize.
Step 2: Enter the correct information on the next page to claim your prize.
Important: Hurry, limited quantities only.
You only have 0 minutes 0 seconds to claim your prize!
2 remaining! $1000 Amazon Gift Card

Following the instructions might lead to annoying survey websites or enter your email and phone number. The latter activity might increase your phone’s bill because you might be signed up for various premium services without your knowledge. 

“$1000 Amazon Gift Card is reserved for you” scam

 

Congratulations Amazon User

Image of “Congratulations Amazon User” virusAmazon Gift Card scam has multiple different versions which are also designed for phishing purposes.

“Congratulations Amazon User” is one of the most popular types of Amazon scams. When users end up on a compromised website, they are asked to answer four short questions in order to obtain a free gift.

Congratulations Amazon User, you have (1) Amazon Gift reserved!
Every Thursday we choose 10 lucky users randomly from to receive 1 FREE gift from Amazon. This is our way to thank you for your continuous support for our products and services.
You can choose a PlayStation 4, $1000 Amazon Gift Card, or iPhone 7 plus.
To win all you need to do is to answer the following 4 questions.
Note: 10 randomly chosen users got this invitation and there are only a few prizes left.
You have 1 minute and 36 seconds to answer the following questions before we give the prizes to another lucky user. Good Luck!

Scammers play with people’s willingness to get some goods for free quite well. They report about only a few left prizes. Meanwhile, the provided timer counts down the time that is left to participate in a contest. However, you just have to close the browser and check the system for adware if redirects to the “Congratulations Amazon User” scam site continues.

“Congratulations Amazon User” virus

 

Amazon Rewards Event

Example of “Amazon Rewards Event” scamAmazon Gift Card scam might suggest you to complete a survey to gain "great" gifts.

This version of Amazon Gift Card scam is very similar to the previous ones. Creators of “Amazon Rewards Event” scam promise a “special prize” which you can choose after spinning the wheel on the bogus website.

Amazon Rewards Event
Congratulations Amazon user!
We would like to thank you for your loyalty to Amazon – so we are offering you the chance to receive a reward.
Spin the wheel to claim your special prize
Good Luck!

The lucky wheel includes such prizes, as iPhone, Samsung Galaxy smartphone or even MacBook. However, once you spin it and choose your award, you will be asked to fill the survey, install some apps or get your contact information which might lead to computer- and privacy-related issues.

“Amazon Rewards Event” scam

Adware programs help delivering fake surveys

Developers of Amazon Gift Card scam takes advantage of adware programs too. Amazon Gift Card adware might be spread in freeware or shareware bundles as an optional component. The ad-supported application can be installed unnoticed if a user opts for Quick/Standard installation settings

Differently than Advanced/Custom settings, Quick does not openly disclose about third-party apps that might be attached to the primary program. Therefore, you have to always use Advanced settings and monitor the installation process. Do not rush to click “Next” button because you have to make sure that you do not leave any pre-selected third-party entries.

Furthermore, be aware that users can be redirected to Amazon scam website while browsing on high-risk websites, such as gaming, gambling, adult-themed or similar. Additionally, the redirect might occur after clicking an infected ad. A security team from Senzavirus.it[5] to avoid visits to bogus sites, you should watch out your clicks and browse through secure sites.

Stop receiving fake offers by uninstalling Amazon Gift Card virus

If you are tired of fake surveys and intrusive messages, you should remove Amazon Gift Card right now. For that, you can choose between manual and automatic elimination procedure. Our IT professionals have prepared instructions showing how to clean your computer quickly. Find them down below.

Note: Instructions are prepared to help Windows users to fix Amazon-themed messages. If you want to fix your phone, open your web browser, go to its Settings —> Advanced —> Website data and delete the site you have been redirected to.

However, if redirects to scam site appear or you want to speed up Amazon Gift Card scam removal, you should use an anti-malware program. Obtain one of the suggested tools below or use your current antivirus (however, don't forget to update it first!) After that, you should also reset affected web browsers.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Amazon Gift Card scam, follow these steps:

Erase Amazon Gift Card scam from Windows systems

To remove Amazon Gift Card malware from the Windows computer, follow the steps below. Do not forget to reset each of the web browsers too.

To remove Amazon Gift Card scam from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Amazon Gift Card scam (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate Amazon Gift Card scam from Mac OS X system

To eliminate Amazon Gift Card virus from Mac OS X, you have to move to Trash suspicious applications and reset your web browser as explained in the further instructions.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Amazon Gift Card scam from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Amazon Gift Card scam-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Amazon Gift Card scam, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Amazon Gift Card scam and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Amazon Gift Card scam-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Amazon Gift Card scam from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Amazon Gift Card scam and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Amazon Gift Card scam removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Amazon Gift Card scam from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Amazon Gift Card scam-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Amazon Gift Card scam from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Amazon Gift Card scam and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Amazon Gift Card scam did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Amazon Gift Card scam removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Amazon Gift Card scam from Google Chrome

Make sure that any suspicious Chrome extensions were not installed without your knowledge:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Amazon Gift Card scam by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Amazon Gift Card scam-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Amazon Gift Card scam removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Amazon Gift Card scam from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Amazon Gift Card scam and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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