Sadly, scammers are at all times on the prowl, and it’s important to stay vigilant to avoid becoming the following victim. A scam currently circulating uses the name of the favored e-commerce and delivery organisation, Amazon, so as to add legitimacy to its fraudulent claims.
While the scam itself can vary, a recent call has claimed ‘Amazon’ has tried to offer individuals with a refund of £95 for an Amazon Prime subscription fee.
The decision then states there was an accident and the refund has as a substitute totalled £9,500.
To rectify the problem, individuals are encouraged to press one on their receiver to talk to a supposed operator.
Ian Harrison, trading standards and licensing manager at Hartlepool Council, told The Northern Echo scammers are coming up with increasingly deceptive techniques.
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They may find their checking account wiped of their hard-earned money, or discover their identity has been used for fraud.
Amazon UK has said anyone who receives a suspicious call, text or email should “report it immediately”.
The legitimate organisation has said it’ll never ask people for private information, not will they ask for a payment or offer a refund one doesn’t expect.
Similarly, the actual Amazon won’t ever ask for distant access to an individual’s device.
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@ThisisCourt0824 remarked: “These scam Amazon calls are actually the worst today. We’re at 10 to date.”
While @mtalkntau alerted people to the very fact the scam is even getting used in the USA, and wrote: “I actually have received seven Amazon calls in an hour.
“Seniors, please watch out of scam calls. Don’t give any personal information over the phone.”
People can report scams to Motion Fraud, or Police Scotland as soon as they arrive across them.
If individuals feel they’ve fallen victim, it is usually encouraged they contact their bank immediately.