Scams suck, but unfortunately, it's likely never going away. It sucks even worse when the email resembles a work email or a service you use often, like Amazon. The online shopping behemoth is the center of a new scam circulating the Land of Lincoln. This particular email scam portraying Amazon is challenging to identify.

The email, shared by Taylorville Police Department, looks similar to an email you might receive from Amazon but there a few red flags that should always be top of mind when reading an email like this. First, verify your Amazon customer number, if it doesn't match delete that email. Second, click the sender's email address link. It may read "Amazon Support" or something similar but once you view the email you'll know by the actual email address. Taylorville Police pointed out another obvious sign of this email is a scam.

The person who received this email knows that their Amazon Prime membership doesn't expire until the end of the year.

Amazon has even more tips for identifying scams related to their services.

Amazon will never send you an unsolicited email that asks you to provide sensitive personal information like your social security number, tax ID, bank account number, credit card information, ID questions like your mother's maiden name or your password. If you receive a suspicious email, report it immediately.

Regardless of an email's content, never reply with personal information, contact the person or business directly.


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