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BBB Warns: Beware of Amazon Shipping Scam
December 09, 2011

Consumers across the country are complaining about an email they received from what appeared to be Amazon.com. BBB Louisville employees also received the email. The email claims the recipient ordered a ‘Fat Loss Monitor’ for the bargain price of $159.95 (prices vary), The email gives a shipping confirmation number, and contains hyperlinks to a website not associated with Amazon.com.

Do NOT click on any hyperlinks and immediately delete this email. If you did click any links, do a virus scan immediately. See below for an example of this scam:

Hello,

Shipping Confirmation
Order #
856-3500783-0908821

Your estimated delivery date is:
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Track your package Thank you for shopping with us. We thought you'd like to know that we shipped this portion of your order separately to give you quicker service. You won't be charged any extra shipping fees, and the remainder of your order will follow as soon as those items become available. If you need to return an item from this shipment or manage other orders, please visit Your Orders on Amazon.com.

Shipment Details

Omron LFC-432I Fat Loss Monitor, Black $159.95
Item Subtotal: $159.95
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Total Before Tax: $159.95
Shipment Total: $159.95
Paid by Visa: $159.95

You have only been charged for the items sent in this shipment. Per our policy, you only pay for items when we ship them to you.

Returns are easy. Visit our .
If you need further assistance with your order, please visit
Customer Service.

We hope to see you again soon!
Amazon.com

Genuine Amazon.com websites are hosted by the amazon.com domain. If an email contains a link, hover your mouse over the link to see if it goes to the genuine Amazon.com page. According to Amazon, Their pages begin with "http://www.amazon.com/" (or "https://www.amazon.com/"). They never use a web address such as "http://security-amazon.com/" or an IP address (string of numbers) followed by directories such as "http://123.456.789.123/amazon.com/."

How to handle a suspicious Email:

If you see the e-mail has an attachment, don't open it. 
  • Don't click any links or reply to the e-mail. If you have, change your account information immediately.
  • If you believe you went to a fake website via a suspicious email, and you entered your credit card number, you should take steps to protect your information. You may wish to contact your credit card company to let them know what happened.
  • Beware of emails that have a lot of grammatical errors or misspellings.
  • If you receive an unsolicited email, never give:

    • Your social security number or tax identification number.
    • Your credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code.
    • Your mother's maiden name.
    • The password to your account.

    If you receive an e-mail that says it's from Amazon but has an attachment, forward it to stop-spoofing@amazon.com (as an attachment if possible) without opening it.