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BY EMILY PATTERSON

A free gift from Macy’s? – maybe not!

Macy’s is a popular shopping destination – online and brick-and-mortar. Scammers are taking advantage of this popularity to send phishing emails to consumers. The email is designed to look just like a legitimate email, with the same color, style and logo as the Macy’s website.

The hook – up to $100 off the next purchase, a 50% discount and other offers. All you have to do to claim your “prize” is click on a link embedded in the email. If you click on the link, malware will be automatically downloaded onto your computer, giving hackers access to bank account, credit card, and any other personal information stored on your computer.

Remember:

  • Never click on links in unsolicited emails. In fact, it’s best to not even open them in the first place.
  • Legitimate companies will not ask you for bank account or credit card information.

For more information go to How to Spot a Giveaway or Gift Card Scam at BBB.org.

To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker at BBB.org.