Birmingham news Amazon scammers swipe £70k in 24 hours in refund swindle MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Con artists pose as workers from online giant but ransack bank accounts after being given details
Breaking News ! Fraudsters posing as Amazon workers have stolen £70,000 from victims across the Midlands in just 24 hours. They netted £25,000 from Worcestershire residents and another £45,000 in Shropshire. The scam involves con artists cold calling and saying the recipient is entitled to an Amazon refund. The victim is given instructions from the scammer, who accesses their bank details and steals their money. Read More Related Articles Police warn to hang up immediately after woman conned out of £65,000 in Amazon Prime scam call Read More Related Articles Amazon failing to stop fake reviews with millions of customers at risk of scams The West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit issued a warning about the scam. Det Insp Emma Wright said: “Please remember no legitimate company, organisation, government body or police force will ever ask for your bank details, ask you to transfer money or offer to transfer money into your account. “While we are working hard to make everyone aware of these scams and identify these criminals and bring them to justice the public can help us by helping each other. Newsletters Sign up to our Birmingham newsletter Get our parenting newsletter Get our Black Country newsletter Sign up to our What's On newsletter “By telling vulnerable and elderly friends, neighbours and relatives who may not have seen the news or social media messages that these scams exist and what they can do. “Together we will make it impossible for these fraudsters to take advantage of those more vulnerable in our communities.” Police are advising anyone in Worcestershire who may have receive such a call to report it to Action Fraud. And anyone who thinks they have been conned to call 101. How to protect yourself from telephone scammers Ms Wright said: "We are advising all reports of these calls to be passed onto actionfraud.
.uk, and reminding computer users to evaluate their online safety. Tips include: ensuring you have up to date security software, using secure passwords and regularly backing up your data. "If you are able to, I would recommend visiting the Action Fraud site, which has detailed information about what to look out for. "Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.
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"Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. "It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s fine to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it. "Never install any software or visit a website as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag. "If you have received such a call and have provided personal details, which has led to funds being removed, it is advised that you contact your bank immediately and contact police on 101."
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