Be on the lookout for increased efforts of scammers posing as Amazon in an attempt to get you to give up your personal information. In many instances, targets receive phony phone calls, text messages, or emails claiming to be from Amazon. They usually ask the message recipient to confirm a recent purchase, verify account information, or take some sort of action. In most cases, they want you to click on a link or download an attachment that can then lead to your personal information being stolen, like credit card numbers, bank account logins, or social security numbers. Never click on a link or download an attachment from an unknown sender, especially if you weren’t expecting the message. For example, if you haven’t purchased anything from Amazon lately, but you get a message asking you to click on a link to confirm a recent purchase, you can bet that it’s a scam.
Watch out for scams like these, especially with Amazon Prime Day coming up on July 12 and 13. Scammers will likely escalate their efforts since there will be extra buzz about Amazon offers. It’s important to remember to never give out your personal information to someone that you don’t know. Companies like Amazon will never call, text, or email you and for details relating to your order or account.