Action 9: Watch out for emails that look like they’re from Amazon, but aren’t

Action 9: Watch out for emails that look like they're from Amazon, but aren't

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Watch out for emails that look like they’re from Amazon, but they aren’t -- the logo is right, the font is right and the grammar is all correct.

It even has the Amazon copyright at the bottom of the email.

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But, it is still a trick to get your personal information. Denise Lee didn’t fall for it and she shared the email with our Action 9 team.

“It said that they were getting ready to charge my credit card that was on file for this thrift product that I bought from Amazon. And I knew right away I hadn’t bought anything.” she said. ” Then, when I look down at the bottom of the page, it want[s] my Social Security Number and that’s when I thought, ‘Oh no.’"

Lee said she knew something was odd and called Amazon.

The company told her it was a phishing scam, which it warns about on their website.

“There are so many people that are a whole lot smarter than I am, more savvy than I am, that fall for this stuff,” she told Stoogenke. “All [scammers] gotta do is copy and paste.”

Tips to protect yourself:

  • Watch out for any email asking to confirm your personal information.
  • Hover the cursor over the email address and see who it’s really from. If it doesn’t say something like @Amazon.com, be suspicious.
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