Home delivery is booming these days. More and more people are opting to have groceries and other necessities delivered due to shopping restrictions caused by COVID-19. As you’d expect, scammers are taking advantage of the situation.

In fact, a reader gave me a heads up about an authentic-looking phishing scam that ended up in his inbox.

Good morning Cyn,  believe the following is a SCAM because it has my renewal dates wrong and it is asking for my SSN.  Thought you ought to see it.

amazon-scam

Wow! That looks totally legitimate. Good catch on the renewal dates. And, of course, Amazon would never need to know your Social Security Number.

A common technique of phishing scams is to tell you there’s a problem with your account that requires you to enter credit card or other private information.

Sometimes the links take you to a page that downloads malicious software onto your device. Or they might include an attachment containing a malicious payload.

Security experts Kaspersky shared this image of fake shipping company website that looks pretty darn convincing.  Could you tell the difference?

fake-websites

If you think an alert might be the real thing, your best bet is not to click on any links in the email. Instead, open up a browser and go to the website for your account. Then you can look up your account and see if there are any issues.