Sneaky Prime Video scam

Updated November 1st, 2022.

When activating Prime Video on a TV, be careful how you do it!

Recently I was helping someone set up Prime Video on her Apple TV. Anyone who’s done it before knows the drill: you click Prime Video on your TV screen, you click “Sign in,” and you see a screen with instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in or create an account (they mean “an Amazon Prime account”– and you are probably already signed in)
  3. Enter the following code:

The code is there in big letters and numbers, something like this:


So, you grab your Mac, or your iPhone, or your iPad, and you go to, and you enter the code. It’s way easier than trying to sign into your Amazon Prime account on your TV because those devices have keyboards, and the Apple TV doesn’t.

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