Texas Police Send Warnings About Amazon Email Scams
An East Texas Police Department Is Warning Residents About An Email Scam That Could Be Sitting In Your Inbox Right Now.
We all get spam emails all day long and most of the time we ignore them or just send them to trash. But sometimes, especially after you place an order online with Amazon, you maybe expecting an email from them about your package but it could be something more sinister so use caution.
The Lindale Police Department Posted About The New Scam On Their Facebook Page.
This scam is being called "Amazon’s Not-So-Real Alerts".
Have you been receiving some weird emails that say they are from "Amazon" with a PDF attachment even though you may have not ordered anything from them?
According to Lindale Police, there has been a surge in phishing emails with PDF attachments sent to Outlook users over the last several months.
Many of these emails are Amazon-themed phishing scams that are focused on targeting Outlook users in North America, Southern Europe, and Asia.
In this scam, cybercriminals are posing as Amazon support and sending notifications claiming that your Amazon account is on hold due to billing errors. The email urges you to resolve this issue by clicking a link to update your billing information.
The cybercriminals cleverly hide their malicious intent behind URL shorteners and other tricks, making these unsafe links hard to spot.
If you click one of these links, you’ll be sent to a fake website designed to steal your login credentials or credit card information. The PDF files attached to these phishing emails also contain malware, which can cause security risks if you download them to your device.
Tips On Protecting Yourself.
Police recommend that you should always be suspicious of unexpected emails, particularly if they ask for personal or financial information.
- If you receive an email claiming that you need to verify information on your account, navigate directly to the official website instead of clicking on a link.
- This attack isn't exclusive to Outlook users. Anyone who uses email can be exploited, so be careful with the emails you receive.
Don't Get Got, Delete Those Emails!
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