Latest ‘Amazon Prime’ Phone Scam features on BBC Rip Off Britain
BBC Rip off Britain has featured the Amazon Prime via Team viewer scam.
People are being warned of the latest phone scam which has already lost the UK consumers over £600,000.
We are urging you to hang up if you receive an unexpected phone call which claims to be from Amazon asking if you would like to cancel your Amazon Prime subscription. The Caller then says they can refund you if you give them your bank account information to enable them to process the refund.
If you are unwilling to hand over your bank account information, they say that they can also process a refund if you can download an app called ‘ team viewer’ then provide them with a code from the team viewer app for them to refund you. Team viewer as a software that allows the fraudster to have direct control over your smart phone / computer which of course can allow them to get into your online banking and take as much as they want without you knowing.
A recent survey revealed that 15 per cent of people lost money to scams in a 12-month period, with 4 per cent losing more than £10,000.
As well as warning about the latest updated Amazon Prime scam, we have also provided other scams which you should watch out of
1. Bank Scams - someone claiming to be from the bank informs you of a problem with your card or account and may ask for security details or to transfer money to a safe account.
2. Computer Scams – someone claiming to be from a well-known IT or telecoms company and tells you that there is a virus on your computer and asks you for access to your computer, or asks you to pay for anti-virus software which turns out to access your personal details.
3. Compensation Calls – someone claiming that you are entitled to compensation, for example, a car accident you’ve had recently.
4. HMRC Calls – someone calling from HMRC claiming that there is a problem with a tax refund or that you have an unpaid tax bill.
5. Number Spoofing - you are tricked to think that the number that comes up on your caller display is from a legitimate business, like your bank, when in fact it is a scammer. If you are in doubt, hang up and call back from a different phone number, or leave at least 10 minutes before making the call.
6. Pension Scams – someone calling you with a great investment opportunity or the chance to access your pension earlier than planned.
7. Anti-scam Scams – someone calling you claiming that they are working to conquer the fraudsters and maybe selling you some anti-scam technology or demanding money on some other premise.
One of the best ways to protect yourself against telephone scams is to register on the Telephone Preference Service and purchase a call blocker device such as a CPR Call Blocker which simply plugs into any landline phone and features a ‘Block Now’ button which ends unwanted calls and permanently blocks numbers. The device is already programmed to block 5000 of the most notorious scam phone numbers and can store an additional 1,500 nuisance numbers which can be programmed by the customer.
In the meantime, if you suspect you may have compromised your bank account, contact your bank or card provider as soon as possible. It is also advisable to check your bank and card statements regularly for unauthorised charges as a matter of course. Also, if you think you have been scammed, you should report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk.”
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