Scam of the Week: Warning over Amazon Prime Phone Scam October 18, pm Geraldine Strawbridge UK householders are being urged to be vigilant following a spate of scam phone calls from someone claiming to be from Amazon.
Victims have reported receiving a call from someone pretending to be from Amazon, claiming their Amazon Prime subscription is due to expire and will be automatically taken from their account. The call then states they can press 1 to cancel or speak to an advisor. If they press 1, they will be put through to an operator who will ask them to provide their financial details or allow them remote access to their computer to get their account back up and running.
Of course, this all just a single taken busy getting money to gain access to their account and clean them out of cash. This equates to a total of 25 million scam calls made during Telephone scams have become a lucrative business and the tactics that criminals are using to defraud victims have become increasingly slick and sophisticated.
Like all scams, the fraudsters will create a sense of urgency to pressurise the victim into taking immediate action.
Using sophisticated technology, the fraudsters can alter the phone number from which they are calling so that it matches the official telephone number of an organisation you know and trust. Another tactic is to play background noise, so it sounds like the call is being made from a call centre or a busy office environment. Source the official number yourself and never call back using the number the caller has given you.
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