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With the holidays quickly approaching and the season of giving around the corner, be sure to not fall for online phishing scams! Be wary of fraudulent emails and text messages prompting confirmation of your personal and financial information.

According to the Forbes article, “Is This Amazon Email Fake?” (Barry Collins, 2021), scammers will send phony order confirmations to get you to call customer support where you will be instructed to give out credit card and other personal identification information.

It can be easy to confuse these scam emails with actual Amazon emails; however, it is possible to spot the fake ones with these helpful tips:

  • Look at full sender address. Amazon will never have a different domain name than “.com” at the end of their email address. Anything other than “.com” will most likely be fake.
  • The email does not list your accurate address. This is what prompts you to call the customer support number given to “correct” the address. Do not call this number!
  • Grammatical errors and typos: a true Amazon email will not include these mistakes.

If you do find yourself receiving phony amazon emails, do not call the number listed, reply to the email, or clink on links included in the email. Instead, report the email to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and forward to Amazon’s report scams email: stop-spoofing@amazon.com

Stay Safe and Have a Happy Holiday Season!