The whole thing is obviously a ruse, meant to shake down unsuspecting shoppers when they’re most harried by holiday hysteria. It’s online shopping in the digital hellscape of 2016 -- which has hackers poised to purloin your data in anyway possible -- so don’t fall for it.
Luckily, Amazon provides clues on how to tell when hackers are trying to steal your private information. Chief among the guidelines, Amazon suggests ignoring “emails that ask you to provide account information, such as your e-mail address and password combination,” and that company “will never ask you for personal information.”
In addition to recently announcing its bold, new supermarket business, Amazon Go, the retail-giant has also come under fire for allowing counterfeit goods to clog its online marketplace. The company will reportedly assemble a brand registry, aimed with ferreting out the third-party sellers who peddle convincing knock-offs on the site -- which would be good, considering people should probably get what they pay for instead of chintzy replicas.