Who doesn’t love a little bit of Amazon in their lives, right?
I mean, when it comes to ordering online, aside from mayyyybe Ali Express and e-bay, we all know that Amazon is the natural go-to – the trusty Internet shop in the sky – with trust being the operative word here, especially since Covid. However, it’s important to know that one-third of business-impostor fraud complaints involve online scammers pretending they work for Amazon.
Wait, I’ll repeat that, just in case you missed it – ONE THIRD (!!!) of business imposter fraud complaints involve online scammers pretending they work for Amazon.
You might also be interested to know that last year alone, fraudsters pretending to be Amazon employees stole 27 million from unsuspecting (not to mention trusting) consumers.
Think you’d never fall for this? Think again. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that:
“Older adults are four times more likely to lose money and get hit harder — losing a median of $1,500, versus $814 for younger adults — in such scams. Why? Because Amazon is the biggest, best-known company in the online sales space,” which makes it so credible, few would question it.
These scams are so rampant that even the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning the public about them.
Just to put things into perspective:
“About 96,000 people reported being targeted in such “business impersonator” scams involving fake Amazon employees over that time. That’s a fivefold increase and made the company a “runaway favorite” for criminals.” Reported the FTC.
The phone rings. You answer and hear a recorded message claiming to be from Amazon. It tells you that there is an issue with your Amazon account. Sometimes, you’ll hear that there’s been a fraudulent charge on your Prime card, a package got lost in delivery, or something you ordered was sent to the wrong address.
Whatever the reason given in the recording, the scammers have the same goal: getting access to your personal information. You’ll either be asked directly to provide your credit card and account login details or, to enable remote access to your computer or phone in order to ‘help’ solve the issue.
These scammers don’t just stop there though. They have even been known to go as far as to spoof other organizations’ phone numbers in order to help disguise their calls and lend them credibility – including BBB’s number.
So, how can you protect yourself?
If you get a call, a text, email and/or a social media message about suspicious account activity, raffles, or unauthorized purchases… IGNORE it! And if you think you may have a real account problem, just contact Amazon customer support at 888-280-4331 to check it out.
It’s safe to say that cyberattacks are no longer just a threat to enterprises. You, me and literally, the cat’s mother are now sitting targets. It is our collective duty, as consumers, to help win the war against consumer cybercrimes by staying up to date on what’s happening and making it our business to gain the tools to prevent those scams, before they take off globally, and millions are lost.
That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves as experts in the cyber security field to keep you, our readers, aware of every scam, as it happens, so that together – we can help slay the cyber scammers and save a whole lot of green, in the process.
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