New email scam targets Amazon customers

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for online shopping, but a new email scam is making it riskier for patrons of one of the biggest online retailers (MGN)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for online shopping, but a new email scam is making it riskier for patrons of one of the biggest online retailers, according to a story by WFTV.

The scam targets Amazon customers.

It starts with an email that appears to be from Amazon telling the person their password needs to be reset.

There are multiple versions of the scams. Some might say there is an issue with an order or that shipping information needs to be updated.

When the person clicks on the link in the email, they're directed to a legit-looking site that instructs them to enter their username and password.

As soon as the information is submitted, the scammers are able to start using that information to purchase items, thanks to a computer program that automatically logs them in with the new info.

According to experts, the scammers can quickly max out an account before a victim even knows they've been scammed. They purchase items such as Facebook gift cards or Amazon gift cards and have them sent straight to email for instant delivery.

Experts recommend going directly to Amazon.com to address any login concerns and never submitting account information in an email or a link from an email.

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