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Susan Tompor: Cyber scams tempt holiday shoppers

Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Home and Consumer News

–– Recognize the risks of rushing.

Consumers who click on the links or visit malicious sites are typically unknowingly handing over their names, addresses and credit card information.

Never click on links in emails or social media to go to a retailer's website. A better bet: Take a few extra seconds to go directly to the site yourself. Be sure to take a second look at all URLs.

–– Ask yourself why would Amazon be sending you a free gift card? Really?

Yes, one of those free $50 Amazon gift cards popped up in my email the other day. Of course, it's a spoofed email. So I just hit delete.

Amazon is warning consumers that phishing emails will direct you to a "false website that looks similar to the Amazon website, where you might be asked to provide account information such as your email address and password combination."


The fake sites can steal sensitive information that can be used without your knowledge to commit fraud, according to Amazon.

Phishers can steal user names and passwords from one site to engage in fraud on other sites. Too many consumers carelessly use the exact same usernames and passwords across different sites.

Amazon doesn't send emails that ask for your Social Security number, bank account information, PIN or your password.

Amazon offers shoppers a way to report suspicious emails and web pages. You can forward the email or send suspicious email as an attachment to


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