Amazon is one of the largest retailers on the planet, and that means trying to steal your information in a phishing scam is easier than ever.
Who Is It Targeting: Amazon customers
What Is It: A phishing scam that goes after your personal identifiable information
What Are They After: Amazon has literally hundreds of millions of customers, so if a scammer sends out phishing emails that claim there’s a problem with your recent Amazon order, it won’t take long before that scammer finds someone who does have a pending shipment. The subject line on the email lets you know that your order cannot be shipped, and opening the email reveals any number of reasons why such as a payment method that wouldn’t go through or an outdated address. You’re directed to click the link to update your information in order to receive your item.
Clicking the link poses two dangers, though. It could install a virus on your computer, and/or it could require you to provide all of your personal info and credit card numbers in order to continue the shipment.
How Can You Avoid It:
- If you receive an email like this one, look it over for signs of a scam, such as poor grammar and spelling or a sender’s email address that doesn’t come from the actual company.
- If you ever have reason to believe the email could be true, delete it anyway and go directly to the company’s website in order to check on your account and your orders.
If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more information about current scams and alerts here.
For full details of this scam check out this article from Fox25Boston.com.