Liverpool news Woman warns people to beware of Amazon scam targeting customers MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Catherine Skelhorn said her heart sinks at the thought of others falling victim to the scam
Breaking News ! Fraudsters pretending to be from Amazon are targeting people in Merseyside and trying to trick them into handing over their hard-earned cash. People have reported receiving countless phone calls claiming their Amazon Prime membership has been renewed and £79.99 is due to be taken from their bank account. The scam targets people via an automated phone call and asks them to press one to speak to an operator in order to cancel the bogus payment. Although the scam has been around for a while now it is continuing to target customers during lockdown. Catherine Skelhorn, 72, from Huyton, is among those to have recently received the call with her landline ringing at 7.35am this morning. Catherine said on answering the phone the automated message said the following: "Thank you for renewing your Amazon Prime for one more year. The £79.99 will be taken from your account on 27 February. "If this was not you please press one to speak to one of our colleagues." For the latest coronavirus cases where you live enter your postcode below: Catherine said she immediately put the phone down but the automated call rang again two hours later. It's not the first time she's been targeted by the scam in recent weeks, despite not even being a Amazon Prime customer.
. She has warned other people to beware of the scam whether they're a Prime member or not.
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In a statement on their website Amazon warns customers not to share any personal information over the phone and to disconnect the call immediately. They said: "If you receive a suspicious phone call claiming to be from Amazon, here are some things you can look out for: Amazon will never ask for payment or offer you a refund you do not expect. Amazon will never ask you to make a payment outside of our website (e.g. via bank transfer, e-mailing credit card details, sharing gift card details over the phone, etc.) Amazon will never ask you for remote access to your device e.g. by asking you to install an app. If you receive a call of this nature, you can report it as phishing via Action Fraud by clicking here.
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