I am a true believer in the magic of an Amazon gift card as the ideal stocking stuffer. And I'm not the only one, Amazon did some swift business over the holiday shopping period, even selling out of their ultra-pupular Echo line.

But if you got an Amazon gift card and plan to go on a shopping spree, you'll want to be aware of this scam that popped up right in time for the season.

It's a pretty standard scam - you receive an email message disguised to look like it came from the retail giant, warning you that something is wrong with your order and urging you to click a link within the email to fix the problem.

From there, it's pretty simple, the scammers steal your information and you're none the wiser until your credit card starts showing unusual transactions.

"The landing page looks really good. It could easily fool you. The page wants your full name and address. But worse, it wants your credit card information including your CVV, your three digit security code on the back. "

As with any email that urges you to click a link within it, it's always a good idea to go directly to the website of the business; whether it's a retailer, bank, etc, in your web browser to confirm whether there are any issues with your account.


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