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Online Shopping Scams

By Scam Awareness | July 19, 2017

With people increasingly ordering goods online, it's no wonder that online giants like Amazon have recently become the target of new scams, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette's Voice of the Consumer, a regular column aimed at protecting Southern Colorado residents from scams.

This scam begins with a malicious email - claiming to be from Amazon - that asks you to reconfirm your form of payment or provide further sensitive information. Though it appears to be a normal email, there is often a slight misspelling in the sender's address. However, providing any sensitive information or clicking through any links on the email (even the unsubscribe button!) can potentially compromise your identity and security.

Yet, the good news is that you can take action today to protect yourself from these scams. Always check the sender's address and recognize that online retailers like Amazon will never ask you for your social security number, bank account information, or even your mother's maiden name.

While scammers are always learning and evolving, it's up to us to also continue learning and evolving in how we help ensure our safety online.

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