So my Amazon.com account was hacked.
I was browsing my junk mail folder of my hotmail account today for no apparent reason and noticed an email from Amazon stating that a $500 digital camera that “I” had purchased had returned undeliverable and that “my” AmEx account would be credited.
But I didn’t buy that camera.
So I logged onto my Amazon account and amazingly enough the perpetrator had not changed the password. I changed the password to a much stronger one immediately.
The perp bought about $2,000 worth of electronics and shipped them all to an address (unknown to me) in New Jersey, all on Feb. 15th.
Even more amazingly, the perp did not use my own credit card that I had on account at Amazon. He charged the goods to a seemingly bogus American Express card in my name, but it was not my card.
I am so lucky. He could have easily ripped me off using my own credit card. I have since deleted my credit card from my Amazon account. Amazon customer service indicates that I will have to delete the card from my account immediately after every time I buy something there because the default is to store the credit card account number.
I’ve checked my credit card for any suspicious charges but nothing has come up. Because Amazon shows only the last four digits of my credit card, I’m guessing the only thing he could charge to my credit card would be to Amazon. Right?
I spoke to my credit card company and American Express and they said everything should be okay but to check my credit report for any suspicious accounts. They also tried to sell me a service for $12.00 a month alerting me anytime anyone applies for credit in my name.
Seems like a rip-off because I don’t know how the perp could get my SSN and birth date just by hacking my Amazon account.
Any advice and anyone else’s similar experiences would be welcome.