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Don’t fall for phishing - Monitor

HARLINGEN — Ruth Hipple was pretty sure her husband Gary wouldn’t order nearly $200 in books from Amazon.

But, when she received an email apparently from the online business giant, stating he had, she hesitated. It appeared to be from an amazon.com address and it confirmed an order and shipment with details including a payment summary and several links.

“He was interested in ordering a book,” Ruth said.

Gary hadn’t decided about any order before Ruth went to bed. When she woke up and checked her email the next morning, she saw the order.

It was an email from Amazon and it looked legitimate. But it was the dollar figure that had her questioning the scenario. It turned out, her initial instinct was right. Gary didn’t order anything from Amazon, especially not $193 worth of anything.

This was a scam. More specifically, this was a phishing scam.

If Ruth would have clicked on any of the links within the email to find out what her husband ordered, she may have been at risk of...(continued)

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