The “Amazon Rewards Event” scam is a message delivered to people whose computers have become infected with malware parasites and who visited unsafe sites. This fraudulent notification is very similar to “Google Rewards Centre” and Promo2.c-rewards.com scams which all indicate that people can win prizes or money. This time, “Amazon Rewards Event” scam can be displayed in both mobile and desktop operating systems, including Android, iOS, Windows, and MacOS. Concerned users have reported that this pop-up was displayed in suspicious websites like Playing.youphone.club and Rewards.amazon.com-rewards-for-users.securitte.com.
Amazon Rewards Event Scam quicklinks
- Explanation of the “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-up scam
- One of many Amazon scams
- “Amazon Rewards Event” offers fake prizes
- Consequences of falling for “Amazon Reward Event”
- How to get rid of the “Amazon Rewards Event” scam
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- How to remove “Amazon Rewards Event” scam using Windows Control Panel
Primarily, the “Amazon Rewards Event” scam is concerned with getting your personal information, payment information, and your money:
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Explanation of the “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-up scam
One of many Amazon scams
The “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-up scam shows this text when it appears on your device:
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
This loyal user loyalty reward is a scam targeting Amazon users and it has absolutely nothing to do with the real Amazon. It’s not the only such scam, too. While “Amazon Rewards Event” is a fake lottery that claims to thank loyal users, there are also “Amazon Shopper Satisfaction Survey”, which claims to offer vouchers for completing an Amazon survey (really, it’s made by scammers), and the “Win a $1000 Amazon Gift Card” virus, which is also a distinct fraudulent pop-up that offers a fake questionnaire and a fake prize.
Although all these scams are a little different, their goals are the same – to get your personal data and your money. This can have real consequences in case your identity is stolen and used in fraud.
“Amazon Rewards Event” offers fake prizes
More and more, malicious pop-ups and online viruses are targeted at users of mobile devices – tablets and cellphones. For example, in the version of “Amazon Rewards Event” targeting Android operating systems a couple of years ago, people were offered a chance to win Apple iPhone 7 Plus 128GB. These scams are updated year to year, though, so you might encounter a different version. In order to participate in the game, users have to click on the button “OK” and confirm that they are the owners of the currently operated device. In the version for Windows operating systems, the “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-up scam thanks users for their loyalty to the Amazon online shop. As a reward, they offer to spin a wheel of prizes in order to figure out which item should you receive. You always receive a prize, by the way – and a pretty good one.
To get to the prize, you have to perform a number of steps, wait for confirmations, tests, and other anticipation-building events. After you allegedly win a prize, and you certainly do – it’s impossible to lose with “Amazon Rewards Event” – you are asked to pay additional fees for shipment and identity confirmation. You might be promised that he fees will be returned after you send the money.
This requirement is bogus, as there is no real prize being offered. In fact, all the questions and messages posed by the “Amazon Rewards Event” scam are just for show – they don’t mean anything. This pop-up scam is all a show meant to emotionally manipulate you into giving away your info and money. “Amazon Rewards Event” is just an online version of unexpected lottery scams that have existed for decades.
Consequences of falling for “Amazon Reward Event”
By responding to these deceptive pop-ups, you are only risking the well-being of your computer or phone device (Unexpected). If you follow the guidelines in the “Amazon Rewards Event” scam pop-ups, your computer might become infested with malware parasites (adware, Trojans or even ransomware viruses). We have noticed other rogue tools, pretending to be associated with Amazon. For instance, the Amazon Mini Saver.
Before being used as a tool for malware distribution, the “Amazon Reward Event” pop-up scam also requires your personal information. This includes:
- your banking account details,
- and other contact details.
If you are a cautious user, you should recognize that this information should be confidential: never reveal them to an unknown source. Not only will the creators of “Amazon Rewards Event” abuse it, but the sites that display these rogue message are not using HTTPS protocols and, without the proper encryption, it becomes really easy for cyber-criminals to steal your contact info (Encryption).
If you are convinced by “Amazon Rewards Event” that you won a prize, you’ll be asked to pay for shipping, registration, identity confirmation, and other made-up fees. The scammers always claim that you’re only a step away from your prize, that this is the last thing you need to do – but that’s all false, and by the end, you’ll be left with a thinner wallet and your identity being sold somewhere on the dark web.
And that’s not even the end! By clicking on the “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-ups, you could be unknowingly assigned to suspicious subscription services, signed up for spam, and required to install unwanted software and plugins that turn out to be adware.
How to get rid of the “Amazon Rewards Event” scam
The best way to deal with the “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-up scam when you encounter it is to ignore it and go about your day as you were. It’s important to check your device for malware, of course, but the “Amazon Rewards Event” isn’t safe to interact with.
If you have encountered this “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-up, it is a sign that your computer might be infected. The most likely scenario is that you accidentally installed a malicious program or application which is automatically generating such rogue notifications. Another idea is that you clocked on malicious ads and your security software failed to block the malicious site from showing you the “Amazon Rewards Event” scam. Also, hacked social media accounts might have promoted this malicious site.
In order to get rid of the “Amazon Rewards Event” pop-up problem, you must remove any harmful programs, like adware, from your operating system. As a first choice, we recommend running a scan either with Spyhunter for PC, or Combo Cleaner for Mac. Both of them will do a great job in protecting devices from malicious content and programs. In addition to this, they will help you fight off certain threats like miners. A second option is to get rid of suspicious programs from your Control Panel or the Applications folder. Follow the guidelines below to complete this task.
We have already mentioned a few tactics used to transmit malware infections. First of all, you could download and install a rogue tool from the Internet that then forces your browser to display scams site slike “Amazon Rewards Event”. To avoid this, Before getting a new program, always check its reliability (for example, look it up online). If you find any red flags, re-consider getting this app. In addition to this, your operating system might have become compromised after you installed fairly decent software, but during its installation, you did not notice the offered additional programs. Therefore, always check that your installation would only prepare a program you had selected. Also, consider using antivirus tools and ad-blockers to block malicious websites like ones spreading the “Amazon Rewards Event” scam.
Automatic Malware removal tools
How to remove “Amazon Rewards Event” scam using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like “Amazon Rewards Event” scam install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to “Amazon Rewards Event” scam . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make “Amazon Rewards Event” scam easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.