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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Scam alert: Watch out for post-Prime Day phishing scams

Prime Day may be over, but scammers probably aren’t calling it quits yet. Con artists have been known to send phony emails and texts that look like messages from major retailers, instructing you to redeem the reward points accrued during your shopping days. Just hit delete on these phishing messages!
How the scam works
You receive an unsolicited email or text message that appears to be from a major retailer. (scammers often use the names of Amazon, Kohls and Costco… but any company can be spoofed.) The subject line reads something like, “You Have a New Reward to Claim!”
You open the message, and it looks real. There’s the company logo, colors, and a link to claim the reward points or gift from your recent holiday shopping. As curious as you may be, don’t fall for it. Scammers hide malware in these email links or attachments. When you click, they can gain access to your computer and steal your sensitive personal information.
BBB has also seen these phishing scams pop up during the winter holidays and other major shopping events.
Avoid falling for email phishing scams
• Never click on links or download attachments from unknown emails. Out-of-the-blue emails are often an attempt to download malware to your computer and steal your personal information.
• Don’t take unsolicited emails at face value. Scammers often send out mass emails that contain little or no personal information. Be wary if the email doesn’t mention you or include any personal information.
• Hover on links to see their destination. Before clicking, place your mouse over links to discover their true destination.
• Go to the source. Whenever possible, use the customer service information provided when you made your purchase, rather than searching online.

Share your scam story
Local law enforcement is concerned about the impact of scams on area residents, particularly the elderly.
Consequently, this newspaper works with local police and sheriff’s departments to keep residents updated on common schemes. Scam Alerts will appear in future editions as often as possible in the coming weeks.
Readers can also find online scam updates at windomnews.com.
If you have been the target of a scam, your first contact should be local authorities. Also, feel free to contact us with details (we can keep your name confidential).
Send your story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing, you could prevent someone from being scammed.
Watch www.windomnews.com for regular weekday updates at 8 a.m./noon/5 p.m., plus BREAKING stories at other times. Follow CoCoCitizen @CitPub on Twitter.

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