By the late 20-teens, most of us were doing at least some of our shopping online.  Then, by the middle of 2020, those of us who had not yet bought into the idea of shopping online were fully on-board.  Much of that shopping was done on Jeff Bezos' Amazon website.

Considering you can now buy anything from clothing, to toys, to TVs, to DJ equipment, it is kind of hard to believe that, back in the day, the only thing Amazon sold was books.

Like anything good, the more popular Amazon became, the more prone it was to be used by scammers.

With Amazon's Big Deal Days coming up on October 10th and October 11th, scammers are all prepared to capitalize on the increase in shopping traffic.



The "Suspicious Activity" Scam

According to WMTW, in this scam, the scammers attempt to get your personal information and account credentials by sending you a text message or email that says your account has been flagged for suspicious activity.

The message explains that you need to click on a link and log in to your account in order to clear up the issue.  The message also says that failure to do so will result in the cancelation of your account.

The link does not take you to a legit Amazon website, though.  It takes you to a site ran by the scammers.  When you put your information into the site you are actually giving it to the scammers.


The "Fake Order" Scam

In this scam, you get a message saying your order for product X had been placed.  The message explains you need to log in to cancel the order.  Often, the item or items that have been ordered are expensive items.  Basically, things you would not want to pay for.

But, just like with the above, the link actually takes you to a scammer website.

Get out there and go shopping, but be safe about it!

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