Fake Email from Amazon, eBay Circulating

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Many legitimate Ways to Save deals are shared via email, but your inbox can also attract scams, fraud and malware that could harm your computer or  steal your personal information.

Here are three things to watch out for this week:
The Gwinnett County Sheriff says it's getting a lot of inquires about an online ad or email from person named Amy Livingston, purportedly a stay at home mom making thousands of dollars a day on the internet. There is even a realistic looking TV News Story about it.  Other names associated with the work at home program are Jessica Holcomb.  Consumers are asked to spend $99 to learn her techniques as a seller on eBay.

The fine print indicates many people have made little or no money using the technique and also reveals it is not affiliated in any way with a TV news organization. The company is based in Ukraine.

Another email you may see is purportedly from Amazon, PayPal and eBay asking you to confirm a purchase. If you hover your mouse over the link you can see it will not actually lead you to either company's official wesbite.   These emails may ask you to confirm your credit card number, which could then be stolen. They may also install software known as Malware on your computer that can send spam to your friends and access your passwords. 

The third suspicious email is one that asks you to confirm your Linked In password information. It may look real to many Linked In members because millions of Linked In passwords were recently stolen, as well as some from e-harmony.com. Computer security experts do recommend that LinkedIn members change their passwords due to the security breach but not via a link in your email. Instead, go to linkedin.com.

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