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Scam text claims to be from Amazon. Here are the red flags

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A fake Amazon text that looks real is meant to fool you and get your personal information.

The scam message claims to be from Amazon, the e-commerce giant, and says there is a problem with your account.

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Although scam messages are usually riddled with typos, this phony Amazon text only has one. The typo says this:

"This is simple step to recover your account" instead of "This is a simple step to recover your account."

But there are other red flags in the fake Amazon text.

The sender's email address is a long string of letters, which is a sign of a scam.

Amazon says its legitimate websites have ".amazon.com" after the name.

Amazon also says it will never send emails with links to an IP address, which is a string of numbers.

How to protect yourself

Never click on a link in a text or email that is unexpected.

You don't know where that link will take you or what it could download on your computer or phone.

Fake phone call claims to be from Amazon

Earlier this year, WGAL received reports about a scam call that claims someone else is purchasing items using your Amazon account.

We have a breakdown of how that scam works here.

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