Warning: If You Ordered Anything From Amazon, Watch For This Scam
So you spent most of your Cyber Monday on line ordering some great gifts for those special people in your life. Well, if you bought anything on Amazon, watch out for this scam.
Now this scam was first uncovered last year during the busy holiday season, but according to the Better Business Bureau, the hackers are up to it again, that's why it's very important that you watch for any e-mails that come from Amazon.
If you ordered anything from Amazon.com, you may get what looks like a legit email that says "Your order cannot be shipped", and to continue, you will have to confirm your information — this is where the scam begins.
The email looks legitimate. It has the official Amazon logo at the top and uses the brand colors. Here's how the BBB describes the Amazon scam:
You open your email and see a message from 'Amazon.com' with a subject line that reads: 'We could not confirm the address associated with your Amazon account.' The email looks legitimate. It has the official Amazon logo at the top and uses the brand colors.
The email is a short message explaining that Amazon could not confirm your address or other personal information associated with your account. Before you can access your Amazon account again, you will need to verify all your information. To get started, just click on the link in the message.
Don’t do it! The message is fake and an attempt to gain access to your personal information.
You have to be vigilant any time you're doing any online shopping, but this is the time of year when scammers are out in full force, looking to prey on innocent victims.
Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau:
How to Avoid Email Phishing Scams:
- Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails. Links can lead to identity theft. Beware of unsolicited emails in general. Even if they look official, they could be fake.
- Never share your personal information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited.
- Check BBB Tips: Many email scams use similar techniques. Be sure to review the tips found on BBB.org/phishingscam
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