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Yet Another Scam

Last week a friend received an email that appeared to come from Amazon. It was an order confirmation, complete with item description, price, recipient name, and address. The email said that if any information in the order was incorrect, my friend should sign in and correct it, using the link provided.

Of course it was incorrect. “Amazon” was baiting my friend to disclose his password by trying to get him to sign in. My astute friend did not respond. Instead, he forwarded the email to the real Amazon security department. He also signed in to his real Amazon account and confirmed that no such order existed.

Fraud opportunity is rampant in the computing/internet world.

To help yourself:

  • Don’t click on links in suspicious-looking emails.
  • If you suspect fraud in any account, sign in at the legitimate site and change your password and your security question answers.
  • Major computer companies do not call/email you because your computer is infected, your email account is full, you need to change your password, or a package is undeliverable, etc.
  • If you seek help by phone or computer, be sure that you are contracting with the actual company, not an unauthorized third party supplier (search engines can be tricky and re-direct you away from the real company).

To help others:

  • Forward the suspicious email to the real company. I am sure they’d want to know who is out there cashing in on their name. And perhaps they can shut them down.

My friend did this, and Amazon’s Security Department responded:

… In the future, if you are ever uncertain of the validity of an e-mail, even from us, don’t click on any supplied links — instead, type our web site address “www.amazon.com” directly into your browser and follow the regular links to Your Account. Many unscrupulous spoofers mislead consumers by displaying one URL while taking the visitor to another …

… Also, please be assured that Amazon.com is not in the business of selling customer information. Many spammers and spoofers use programs that randomly generate e-mail addresses, in the hope that some percentage of these randomly-generated addresses will actually exist …

Be vigilant with suspicious emails!