Experts warning consumers of phishing messages ahead of Amazon Prime Day [Video]

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — One of the biggest online shopping events of the year—Amazon Prime Day—is less than 24 hours away.

As consumers await packages, experts are warning people not to fall victim to alerts phishing for personal information.

The Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission are calling fake text messages popular delivery scams. The messages are seemingly real—sometimes even referencing a consumer directly by name—and appear to come from a delivery service such as USPS or FedEx. When a person clicks on the link within the message, it becomes a trick to get people to give up personal information, according to University of Notre Dame Professor Aaron Striegel.

“What we’re seeing is the sort of online thieves are becoming a bit more savvy, they recognize that most of us are doing some sort of online shopping and that means a lot of us are getting packages,” Striegel said.

The directed link generally leads …

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