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Online threat presented as Amazon.com receipt

New potential scam presents itself as Amazon.com receipt New potential scam presents itself as Amazon.com receipt

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Online scammers are becoming more targeted in their approach to gain your confidential information. You know you didn't spend $100 at an online store, but a new Amazon look-a-like email says you did.

Scammers have the ability to use social media, email, and websites to convince you sharing your personal information is just another step in the process of gaining an inheritance from a long-lost relative, helping a friend who has been robbed in another country, or claiming your million dollar prize for a contest you can't remember entering.

Technology allows these nameless con artists to seemingly represent a real company, and the latest in the cycle of electronic stings is using the Amazon.com logo to tell you you've just purchased hundreds of dollars worth of electronic books to download to your Kindle.

Conveniently enough, if you did not buy these items, the email provides a link to "view your account." The brazen crooks instruct you to contact the Help Department, and the problem will be resolved. However, the real problems begin if you fall victim to giving the hackers your information.

One Myrtle Beach resident received the email pictured to the right, which specifically lists an item purchased and your email as the purchaser.

If you receive an email claiming your purchase has been shipped or that you owe a specific amount, and you know you have not made that purchase, do not click on the links provided.

Sharing any personal information could result in the loss of your personal information as well as a financial disaster. You can report any suspicious activity requesting your information to the Better Business Bureau.

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