Phishing Scam

The Better Business Bureau wants to warn you of a scam circulating the area.

It's called phishing where a scam artist pretends to be a legitimate business to get your information.

Donnie Smith says he was checking his e-mail one day when he noticed an unusual message.

He says: "It said Amazon.com contacted my bank regarding payments."

Donnie says it had been months since he had ordered something from Amazon and he had closed the account he made the purchase with, so he called the bank.

He says the bank checked the transactions from his credit card and they said the only purchases they made were from retail stores.

Donnie says the fraud division of his bank said the e-mail was part of a scam.

The BBB says this type of scam is called phishing where a scam artist pretends to be a legitimate business or your bank, and wants to "verify" your information.

Linda Chambers, with the BBB, says: "The bank will never ask you for your bank account number, they will never ask you for your credit card numbers."

If you get an e-mail that you're not sure about the BBB suggests calling the company, your bank, or logging onto the actual website to see if it's legitimate.

Linda says: "The main thing is do not click on their link because that gives them a way to get your info."

Donnie says he's happy he caught the problem before it became an issue for his family.

If you want to report a scam you can call the BBB at (270) 781-8445, or you can log onto www.bbb.org or www.kyin.bbb.org.


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