Those emails from Amazon asking you to verify your account aren’t real.
Who Is It Targeting: Amazon customers
What Is It: A phishing scam that tries to get you to click on a link.
What Are They After: Amazon is one of the world’s largest retailers, so it’s a safe bet that you have an Amazon account. At least, that’s what scammers are thinking. When they send you an email that is covered with Amazon logos and stylistic font, you’re more likely to click the link to verify your account. But that’s the last thing you should do if you want to protect your information, your account, and your computer. Once you re-enter your username and password in the fake verification form, the scammers have your password. They’ll change it in order to lock you out, and then their shopping spree on your credit card begins.
How Can You Avoid It:
- Never click a link or open an attachment that you weren’t expecting.
- Understand that companies will never contact you out of the blue in order to verify your account information.
- Do not share your username or password with anyone, whether by phone or online; even Amazon employees cannot see your password.
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 BBB.org.