Enjoy supporting businesses on Prime Day, and stay alert for online scammers

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo, an Amazon Prime logo appears on the side of a delivery van as it departs an Amazon Warehouse location in Dedham, Mass. Amazon announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, that Jeff Bezos would step down as CEO later in the year, leaving a role he's had since founding the company nearly 30 years ago. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Prime Day has become a summer event, and this year Amazon (a BBB Accredited Business) has selected July 12 and July 13. Amazon isn't the only retailer rolling out discounts those days. Walmart, Target, Kohl's, and many other companies are running their own sales as well.

More deals are great for consumers, and more people out shopping is great for businesses large and small. But this is a time to stay on guard. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently reported that scammers are impersonating Amazon significantly more than any other business, and odds are this will spike during and just after the two Prime Days.

They may reach out via emails, texts, or calls, but no matter the method of contact, scammers are looking for a way to get your credit card information, account login details, or remote access to your computer to get to your personal information.

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