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Beware of This Fake Amazon Email Scam This Holiday Season

An employee loads a truck with boxes to be shipped at the Amazon.com Inc. distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee loads a truck with boxes to be shipped at the Amazon.com Inc. distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As holiday shopping kicks into high gear, be on the lookout for a new email scam going around. According to multiple news outlets, an email has been going around that is aiming to scam people out of their CC information. The email will begin by informing the user that there has been a problem shipping their order, and that it will ship once the customer re-enters their information. According to inc.com the passage below is taken from the email:

“Hello,

There was a problem processing your order. You will not be able to access your account or place orders with us until we confirm your information. Click here to confirm your account.”

Do not click on the link in the email. The link will take the user to a webpage designed to look like the Amazon website. This page will ask for credit card information, name and address. According to Amazon, users who receive the email should attach the suspicious email and send it to their email address designed to thwart email scams.  

“We take phishing and spoofing attempts on our customers very seriously. If you receive an e-mail that you think may not be from Amazon, please report it to us by sending the e-mail to stop-spoofing@amazon.com,” Amazon’s site reads. 

They also note that if you have already opened the attachment or you feel that your account is at risk, to visit their “Protect Your System” page. Amazon also offers other methods of verifying the authenticity of emails from the online store. To visit the page concerning account safety, click here.


Steven Gagliano is a writer for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at steven.gagliano@hottytoddy.com

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