At Bank of the Carolinas, we want to help you stay informed of potential scams that could threaten your financial security.
The following notice provides information about an active scam that attempts to trick internet users into revealing private information on a fraudulent website. If you receive an email that seems to match the description below, do not click any links in the email.
The millions of consumers who use Amazon.com to purchase everything from books to cookware have to be careful about a new phishing scheme. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) said it has received reports of e-mails, appearing to come from Amazon.com customer service, with the subject line "Thank you for your order."
The message has the Amazon.com logo and looks legitimate in other ways, at least on the surface. The e-mail lists an order number, total price, and a link to view the order. Someone receiving the message who had not ordered anything might click the link to see what he has mistakenly been charged for. Someone who had actually ordered something from Amazon might click the link because the price and item description is wrong. Anyone who clicks on the link would be sent to a fake site where an attempt would be made to steal her personal information.
People who receive such emails should not click on the link. Amazon.com requests that anyone receiving one of these bogus emails forward it to
. Amazon.com says it never asks for Social Security numbers, tax identification numbers or other personal information as part of its transactions. It also says it never asks customers to confirm account information by clicking on an email link.