Scam of the Week: Bogus email from Amazon

Published: May. 24, 2017 at 5:01 PM CDT
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If you shop online, like most consumers do, this Scam of the Week is for you.

Clifton Jewell says you can find great bargains online.

"A lot of the stuff on Amazon is half or third the price of what you can get here in town. If you can get it here in town," he said.

He got an email. It looks like it's from Amazon about a recent purchase.

"If you had ordered something you'd just be positive," he said.

The email reads your order has been successfully canceled. Whatever you do -- don't click on that link. Good thing Jewell's computer has the latest virus protection updates.

Crooks likely want to install malware on your computer or phone. They want to trick you to click on a look-alike or fake website. Con artists hope you'll take the bait. You think you're correcting your order, but swindlers just snagged your credit card info.

Another red flag -- the bogus email lists items that you probably did not purchase.

Make sure your computer and phone have updated protection software.

"There will be people who click on that who don't have the protection I do. They will get bit!" said Jewell.

If you get this email ... delete it.

Don't click on the link.

If you want to see if there's a problem, you can always logon to the Amazon website and track your order.

You're encouraged to report these bogus emails to Amazon.

This is another good reminder to always use a credit card for online shopping. Overall, credit cards offer better ID protections than debit cards.