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Criminals Target Amazon Shoppers via Fake Email

Parents, don't click that suspicious link — hit 'delete' instead

Since criminals take no Christmas vacations — Amazon shoppers, beware: You may receive an email telling you a recent order you placed cannot be shipped. A “processing” glitch is blamed — and you’re asked to confirm your personal information, including your credit card information.

Don’t do it — it’s a scam. You may not have even ordered anything from Amazon.

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A link inside the emails takes customers to a webpage that looks real, and asks them to confirm their name, address, and credit card information associated with their account.

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When you click “save” — the fake webpage even takes customers back to Amazon’s real website.

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Amazon has posted advice for customers who find suspicious emails in their inbox. Emails that did not really come from Amazon may include these questionable elements:

  • An order confirmation for an item you didn’t purchase or an attachment to an order confirmation.
  • Requests for your Amazon username and/or password, or other personal information.
  • Requests to update your payment information.
  • Links to websites that look like Amazon’s site.
  • Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
  • Typos or grammatical errors.
  • If the “from” line of the email is something other than @amazon.com — it’s a fake.

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