Louisiana Shoppers Looking for a Deal, Don’t Get Scammed
Amazon Prime Big Deals Days are a time of year when plenty of shoppers are able to get some great deals, but just be careful not to get scammed. Amazon is warning of such scams according to a report on WDSU.
Just like any other time of year, you have to be extremely careful with the phone calls, text messages, voicemail messages, and email messages you receive to make sure they are coming from a legitimate source and not a scammer.
While you are shopping around for a deal just know that scammers are "shopping around" to try to get a deal by scamming you out of some money, your information, and your identity. Amazon also has its own page on avoiding scamming techniques.
These techniques are good to use anytime you are shopping with any retailer.
'Suspicious Activity Email' Scam
One of the biggest tricks scammers will try to use is what is called the "Suspicious Activity Scam", and it will get your attention.
How it works. The scammer will email or text you saying there has been a "Suspicious Activity" reported on our account so they have to suspend or close it.
Here's how they try to get you. The scammers will try to get you to give up your personal information and/or your Amazon account information. Make sure to never click on something unless you absolutely know who it is from.
And hey, these scammers aren't fools, they try to make the information they send you as scary as possible, and they ask you for immediate action. Please don't fall for this scam.
Never give out any information to any entity that you don't know including someone over the phone, via email or text, or any other form of contact.
'Fake Order Confirmation' Scam
Another ploy scammers will use to try to get your information is to send you a "Fake Order Confirmation" message.
This attempt to scam you is just like the scam above. All the scammers want to do is get as much personal information from you so that they can get into your bank accounts, credit cards, and debit cards.
The twist with this scam is that the scammer will send you a link they want you to click on. They are asking you to "confirm or cancel" this order. It's just a phishing scam to get to your information.
What do you do if you think you are being scammed?
If someone is on the phone asking for your money, hang up and call the company yourself.
If you receive an email, text, or other form of communication asking for your personal information or account information don't click on the link. Call or contact the company on the real website to check with them. You can ask them if there is a problem with your account.
Finally, when in doubt, just don't do anything, and also remember to never give out any of your personal information to someone you don't know.
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