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Watch out for this fake Amazon email virus

Watch out for this fake Amazon email virus
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A new scam email is making the rounds. This one tries to convince you it's from Amazon.

The email will claim that you bought an iPhone and that your receipt for the purchase is attached as a Word document for you to view. But if you open the attachment, you'll get a virus.

If you get an email that has the subject, "Your Amazon.com order confirmation for <email address>," it might just be a scam.

There are a few other important ways to tell if the Amazon email you received is a fake or not. One big hint is the way they refer to your big cellphone purchase - if they call it an "Iphone" instead of an "iPhone," that may indicated a fraudulent email.

Another clear sign is if the attached document is labeled similarly to this, "amazon_invoice_991773782.doc." A true Amazon receipt would have the purchase information included in the text of the email, not attached as a word document.

The last indication of falsehood is if your address is not included. A true Amazon email would have your billing and shipping address listed in the body.

If you accidentally download the attachment, you enable the malware in the Word document. The malware then takes over your computer and your personal files like family photos, banking information, tax returns and other sensitive material are all up for grabs.

This email will look like the image below. The product claiming to be purchased, total price or greeting may change, but remember the items above to keep your files safe.

amazon-malware

If you suspect that your email has been the target of this vicious scam, please leave your story in the comments section below. Your case may help others in the same situation.

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