BANGKOK, Thailand — It was a typical day at the office for Tim Hock.
The 40-year-old IT specialist was a frequent client of the online retail giant Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) and his sales had grown by double digits since Amazon opened its first retail store in Thailand last summer.
But as he headed into the final hours of his shift Monday, Hock found himself staring at a new, ominous sign that warned him he could be on the losing end of a new wave of online crime.
The sign, posted at the bottom of a section titled “Black Friday,” warned customers to avoid buying products that could be linked to terrorism, fraud or the use of fake IDs.
Hock and others in Thailand’s IT industry said the warning was meant to prompt consumers to consider their purchases, especially during the holiday season, when retailers have historically been among the biggest buyers of online goods.
The new warning comes amid heightened security concerns across the globe as companies scramble to protect themselves against a wave of sophisticated online criminals targeting retailers, retailers say.
Amazon, which has been cracking down on its own online sellers, has warned of a rise in “cybercrime” that has included attacks on its employees, including a recent cyberattack that resulted in the theft of personal data and the theft and theft of a truckload of cash.
Amazon said it was taking steps to ensure that it could not be responsible for the potential misuse of its online marketplace.
“We are aware of this threat and are working to protect our customers and employees.
We are in contact with law enforcement agencies and our suppliers,” Amazon said in a statement.
Amazon said it had not received any reports of fraudulent activity.
The warning comes as the global online shopping season approaches its busiest time in history.
As retailers scramble to cope with the influx of consumers looking for discounts, they also face increasing pressure to keep their businesses safe.
Amazon is currently testing a program that it hopes will make it easier for consumers to purchase from its online store without having to provide their social security numbers or credit cards.
The program, called the Amazon Prime Program, lets users pay a fee to receive free shipping and Amazon’s Prime shipping service, which includes Prime memberships and Prime Day packages, as well as Prime deliveries, for a fee.
Amazon’s Prime program is meant to help retailers boost sales during the holidays, when most shoppers are heading to malls and other popular shopping areas to shop.
However, the program has not yet been widely used by retailers because it is not available to consumers in many countries.
In the United States, Prime customers are required to provide a photo ID when buying online, and a credit card number is required for purchases online, such as using the service to make online purchases.
Last year, the International Trade Commission reported that more than 1.4 million consumers worldwide used Amazon’s service to purchase goods and services, mostly during the Black Friday shopping season.
Last year, Amazon was one of three retailers that paid $6.4 billion to settle a class action lawsuit over online sales practices.
Hock said he felt helpless and confused as he waited in line for his order at Amazon.
“I felt like I was being followed, and I was scared for my life,” he said.
The threat was particularly troubling for Hock, who has worked in IT for several years and is one of the people Amazon relies on to provide IT services.
In 2014, he said he had to hire a security consultant to monitor the security of his systems and work with Amazon to make sure he had the proper permissions.
The security consultant also advised Hock on how to keep his Amazon account secure, and the company offered to help him with his security questions.
Hocks family moved to Thailand two years ago, from Canada, to take advantage of Amazon’s international perks, but Hock said the company had not yet opened its own retail store there.
“When I arrived in Thailand, they just opened their store, but I was still stuck there,” Hock recalled.
“Amazon is a company that should be here to support its customers, but that’s not the case.
They are only here to make money, and that’s their focus right now.”
Hock is among a small number of tech workers in Thailand that said they had had trouble getting work at Amazon in recent years.
They said the threat of hackers was becoming more prevalent, particularly because of a growing number of online threats that could pose security risks to retailers.
In Thailand, the threat is more serious than ever because of the influx in cybercrime and the increasing number of retailers that have been targeted by hackers, said Meechai Srimadityayana, chief executive officer of the Thai Retail Federation.
Amazon’s efforts to improve its cybersecurity, which it said has been successful, should help prevent future problems, he added.
Amazon also faces mounting criticism in the U.S. as Congress considers legislation to ban online retailers from charging people to buy online, which would limit