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How to avoid Amazon Prime Day scams

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It’s always fun to get great deals during a shopping event like Amazon Prime Day, but scammers are looking for unsuspecting customers in an effort to get information or money. The online holiday shopping season kicks off this week with heavily advertised promotions for Amazon Prime Day which is Tuesday October 13th and Wednesday October 14th. Online shopping scams are one of the hottest tricks for ID thieves and others during the pandemic as more people work from home and shop online to limit their contact with others. 

Many fraudsters are now impersonating Amazon. In some cases, a recorded voice claims to be from Amazon and tells customers there is a fraudulent charge on their Amazon Prime card. In other cases, the recorded message will alert customers to a so-called lost or damaged package. Some complaints earlier in 2020 reported that consumers received emails containing an order confirmation for an item they didn’t purchase.

Here are some warnings of online shopping scams that can help on Amazon Prime Day — which runs Tuesday and Wednesday — and through the holidays:

  • Be skeptical of unsolicited calls or emails, especially if they ask for sensitive personal information. Amazon will never ask you to make a payment outside of its website.
  • Be careful how you pay when you shop online. 
  • Double check the URL link for any broken symbols or letters.  
  • Ignore immediate calls for action. Crooks may try to get you to act before you can realize it’s a scam. 
  • And lastly, if something seems fishy, it probably is. Trust your gut.