BBB: Phishing email scam claims to be from Amazon.com
PORTLAND, ore. – Scammers are sending out emails impersonating Amazon.com in an attempt to take personal information, the Better Business Bureau (BBB)said.
According to the BBB, the phishing scam involves a phony email designed to look like it was sent out by Amazon, and even includes the company’s logo.
The email explains that “Amazon” can't confirm your address or other personal information associated with your account, the BBB reports. It then asks you to verify your information by clicking the link in the message.
Do not click the link, officials said, because it takes you to a third party website that could have malware.
Here are some tips from the BBB on how to avoid phishing scams:
How to Avoid Email Phishing Scams:
- Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails. Links can download malware onto your computer and even lead to identity theft. Beware of unsolicited emails in general. Even if they look official, they could be fake.
- Never share your personal information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited. Personal information can include your date of birth, credit card or banking information, address or your Social Security number.
- If something sounds suspicious, confirm it by calling the company or checking the company website. Type the URL directly into your browser or do a web search. DON'T click on any links in unexpected messages.