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New Scam Targeting Anyone Who Uses Amazon.com. Here’s How To Protect Yourself

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Hackers seem to be a dime a dozen nowadays. The’re everywhere and it’s hard to keep up.

With the majority of our banking and shopping now done online, these scam artists have a multitude of ways to steal from us. But, we don’t have to let them.

The latest scam is targeting Amazon Prime members. The prime program is hard to beat as it allows you to have free two-day shipping and a 15% discount when you order five items regularly shipped to your door. Who wouldn’t want to pay the small annual fee to get such a deal, not to mention the sheer convenience of it all. You can do all your shopping online and you don’t have to deal with sitting in traffic to get to the store, or waiting in long checkout lines.

But, if you are going to be an online shopper, you must be a lot more cautious when it comes to your finances. The newest scam is known as the “Prime Day Email Scame” and hackers are stepping up their game. They are using authentic looking phishing emails to aquire personal and banking information.

The first step that hackers use is to send the following email to the victim…

“Amazon is having issues with your order. You will not be able to access your account or make future purchases until we confirm your password and login email address. Click here to confirm.”

Another way they get your attention is by offering you a $50 gift card for taking a survey.

Just beware because neither one of these emails are real. The hackers have actually created a fake Amazon page that looks almost identical to the real Amazon site. When it asks you to punch in your login info…DO NOT do it. Once this login information is entered, the hacker will have access to your personal and backing information, and they will have the capability of drying your account out. There are some statements saying that malware is downloaded to your computer when you hit enter after providing your login information.

If you receive an email that is similar to either of these, you must do the following…

Create a new email and attach the suspected fake email. If you have an odd webpage that was sent to you, copy and pst teh into into the body of the email. Your best bet is to send the suspicious email as an attachment, but if you can’t do that, simply forwarded it. You will then send it to stop-spoofing@amazon.com.

Most importantly, spread the word to your family and friends to ensure that they don’t become victims of the hack. The quicker the word spreads, the more aware people will be and the faster the hackers will be caught.

While today’s technology provides a whole lot of convenience, it also comes with some downfalls. In this case, it is the ease that criminals have when it comes to gathering our personal information. The best thing you can do is be cautious of all emails you receive from unknown senders.



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