Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for.
Amazon.com email – Online shoppers should be careful if they receive emails that appear to be from amazon.com, but actually are attempts to steal victims' financial information, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent alert. The scam emails include the subject line, "Your Cancellation," the BBB said. Anyone who receives a suspicious email that appears to be from Amazon should visit the Amazon website directly by typing www.amazon.com into their browser, then sign into "your account" to see whether the email was valid, the BBB said.
Foreign hotel Internet – U.S. residents have reported that their laptops were infected with malicious software when they attempted to connect to the Internet in overseas hotels, the FBI said in a recent news release. Victims said their computers were infected after they clicked on links that popped up on their screens while they attempted to connect to the Internet, according to the FBI. The pop-up windows said the travelers needed to update software. As a precaution, people traveling abroad should update all software before they travel, the FBI said. In addition, the FBI recommends that travelers check the digital certificate of any prompted update to see if it corresponds with the software vendor.