RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A warning from the Better Business Bureau; don't click the link. Scammers are flooding email boxes with phony emails appearing to be from Amazon.com. Clicking the link may infect your computer with a virus and you could be putting your private information in the hands of crooks.
If you've noticed strange emails from Amazon.com, don't click any links or attachments. It's not just the average consumers getting the phony emails, they have even made it into inboxes of employees at NBC12.
The Better Business Bureau warns it's a trick to get your personal information. Crooks have put some effort into making the emails look like legitimate Amazon emails. They come complete with a shipping confirmation number, an itemized rundown of the fake purchase and even an estimated delivery date. The BBB says the emails have gone nationwide. The organization is spreading the word, hoping to catch consumers before they get fooled.
On the real Amazon website, there's a warning about these type of emails and what you should look out for. The company even provides a place to report fraudulent emails. It reminds consumers, legitimate Amazon emails will never ask for personal information, like a social security number, credit card number or your Amazon password. Grammatical errors should also raise red flags. You should also know that Amazon emails will never ask you to verify account information by clicking a link.
If you get one of these emails, the best thing to do is delete it. If you've done business with Amazon and are concerned about an email, contact the company directly or go to its website. The BBB is not sure who is behind the emails. Amazon says it takes these phishing scams seriously and says it is determined to crackdown on those responsible.
For more information on the scam and how to protect yourself, click the links below.
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