Scam Alert

Tuesday Tip – SCAM Alert

Please be on the look out for a NEW SCAM.

This is an email scam saying “your order on Amazon can not be shipped”. It will then direct you to a link that takes you to a very legit looking ‘Amazon’ page. You will then be asked for your personal information – name address and credit card numbers to complete your order.

This is a very clever and realistic looking SCAM , nevertheless, it is a SCAM.
Be reminded to NEVER give anyone your information unless YOU initiated the contact.

Here are the top ways to detect if a message is really from Amazon.

Fake Amazon email tip #1 from cybersecurity experts

Check the “from” line to see who sent the email. In this case, the Amazon email spoofers were either too lazy or too dumb to change it. Clearly, the email is not even from Amazon but another random website address. 

However, be aware, if you get an email with a “from” line that says, that is not enough information to know if it’s a legitimate Amazon email. So keep going.

Amazon emails will typically address you by name and include your shipping address. This email does neither of those things. Those are warning signs.

Fake Amazon email tip #2

Look for typos, misspellings, and phrases that don’t seem to make sense.

Look at the delivery date. It says Approximate Arrival: December 19, 20

This is sloppy work, they forgot to type the 20 in 2020. We’ve seen worse examples, for sure. However, this gives you an idea of what to look for in your hunt for clues.

Things Amazon will never ask you for in an email

Amazon has posted many warnings about fake versus legitimate emails. Here are the things Amazon says it will never ask you for in an email:

  • Your bank account information, credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code (including “updates” to any of the above)
  • Your mother’s maiden name or other information to identify you, such as your birth city or your favorite pet’s name
  • Your Amazon or Seller Central account password

Rule of thumb to live by:

If Anyone Contacts You before, during or after a purchase, DO NOT share your personal information.


The mission at FAST is to increase public awareness of financial exploitation with the goal of mitigating risk of exploitation and protecting our state’s vulnerable populations.

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