Online threat presented as Amazon.com receipt
Online threat presented as Amazon.com receipt - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina |
Online scammers are becoming more targeted in their approach to gain your confidential information. You know you didn't spend $100 at an online store, but a new Amazon look-a-like email says you did.It sounds to me like if you know you didn't purchase anything from Amazon recently, or if you know you didn't purchase the items claimed in the e-mail, do NOT click on the links. Instead, go to the real Amazon and sign in to view your account. Then report the e-mail to the carrier (ie G-mail or Yahoo or whatever). Another way to check is to check the addy of the sender. I have been using Craigslist lately, and I got some fake e-mails. One claimed to be from Bank Of America, but the sender had a G-mail account, so I notified Bank Of America. I never did hear from that hustler again...using the Amazon.com logo to tell you you've just purchased hundreds of dollars worth of electronic books to download to your Kindle.
Conveniently enough, if you did not buy these items, the email provides a link to "view your account." The brazen crooks instruct you to contact the Help Department, and the problem will be resolved. However, the real problems begin if you fall victim to giving the hackers your information.
One Myrtle Beach resident received the email pictured to the right, which specifically lists an item purchased and your email as the purchaser.
If you receive an email claiming your purchase has been shipped or that you owe a specific amount, and you know you have not made that purchase, do not click on the links provided.