Hackers always find a way to mess with a good thing, and shopping on Amazon.com is no exception. If you've purchased several gifts on Amazon, be on the look out for sketchy emails claiming that your recent order cannot be shipped. Mostly likely they are bogus, and are just phishing for personal information. 

Hundreds of Amazon shoppers are complaining about receiving emails this holiday season saying that there is a problem processing their recent Amazon order, and that the customer will no longer be able to access their order or make any more Amazon purchases until they confirm their information. DO NOT DO THIS!

If you receive an email with the subject line "Your Amazon.com Order Cannot Be Shipped" and the address in the "from" line contains another internet service provider other than @amazon.com, don't click it. If you do, and the email message contains a link to click to confirm your name, address and credit card information, you are being phished. Sure, the site that the link directs to "looks" like an authentic Amazon site, but it's not, and here's how you know for sure according to Amazon:

  • Amazon emails will NEVER ask for your account login or password or other personal information.
  • Amazon emails will NEVER contain requests for updated payment information.

If you do receive one of these emails, and are concerned there is a legit problem with one of your recent orders, Amazon says to login to your account and check "Your Orders". All processing updates are located there, and only there, if there is a problem with an order.

Just another reason why we should all shop local this holiday season, not as many hackers to contend with. Just sayin...