Amazon users are receiving phishing emails regarding their passwords.

Scam: Amazon Password Scam

Who It’s Targeting: Amazon customers

What It Is: With the sheer volume of customers that Amazon has around the world, there’s a really good chance that anyone who turns on a computer has an Amazon account. With the recent announcement that some Amazon customers may have had their passwords exposed, scammers will be waiting to send out phishing emails that trick you into downloading malicious software to your computer.

What They Are After: Any time a scammer sends a phishing email, there is something to be gained. Whether they want you to click a link, send money, or spread a message to make it go viral, they’re getting you to do the hard work of hacking for them. Typically, some of the most harmful phishing attempts will include a link for you to click, one that will install a virus on your computer. Once that virus is in place, the scammer can sift through your computer for any information he needs that will turn a profit for him.

How You Can Avoid It: Never click a link in an email unless you were specifically expecting it. This holds true even if the email appears to come from a friend, family member, or company you do business with, as the sender could have been hacked or the account altered to make it look like it came from a name you trust. If you weren’t expecting the link or can’t verify that your friend actually sent it, delete it. If the link appears to come from a major company—and these will often carry a threat like your account is past due or your account information needs to be verified—delete the email and handle it by going to directly to the company’s website yourself.

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