SCAM ALERT: We have received numerous calls regarding a scam involving Amazon. The calls or emails will say your account is being locked due to a fraudulent charge or lost package. A lot of times the phone number will show up as a local number. Below is some more information from the Better Business Bureau regarding this scam.
How the scam works:
The phone rings, and when answered, it is a recorded message claiming to be from Amazon stating there is a problem with your Amazon account. The messages range from a fraudulent charge on your Prime card to a lost or damaged package to an unfulfilled order for an iPhone. But no matter what the recording says, these scammers have the same goal: getting your personal information. The con artists will outright ask for credit card and account login details, or they will request remote access to your computer under the guise of “helping” to solve the issue.
There is a confusing twist on this scam. The con artists are spoofing other organizations’ phone numbers to help disguise their calls and lend them credibility – including BBB’s number! That means they are probably using other companies’ phone numbers, too, so watch out.
How to spot this scam:
• Be skeptical of email and unsolicited calls. Some departments at Amazon will call customers, but Amazon will never ask you to disclose or verify sensitive personal information or offer you a refund you do not expect. Amazon will never ask you to make a payment outside of their website and will never ask you for remote access to your device.
• Ignore unsolicited messages that ask for personal information. Amazon will also never send you an unsolicited message that asks you to provide sensitive personal information, such as your tax ID, bank account number or credit card information.
• Ignore calls for immediate action. Scammers try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Please don’t fall for it.
• Beware of requests to pay via wire transfer, prepaid debit card or CashApp (such as MoneyPak, iTunes or similar cards). These are almost always a sign of fraud.
• Report it to Amazon. Any customer who receives a questionable email or call from someone impersonating an Amazon employee should report them to Amazon customer service. Amazon investigates these complaints and will takes action if warranted.
For more information
Read BBB’s tips on phishing scams and tips for online shopping safely. Learn how to identify whether a call or message is really from Amazon.
If you’ve gotten a phony call or been the victim of another scam, make others aware by filing a report on BBB Scam Tracker.