Amazon Prime Scam by phone

The Amazon Prime scam has been reported again on the Island.

Amazon will NEVER call you in this way – if you get this call, hang up immediately. It is a SCAM.

Last week a resident received an automated call purporting to be from Amazon about their Prime service  She had previously, accidentally, signed up to Amazon Prime and had had to cancel it. When this call came in she thought the same thing had happened once more.

An option in the automated call was to press a number on her phone to cancel the Prime payment. She did this, but it was set up to lead her straight to the scammers.

She was kept on the phone for over 90 minutes. They were very convincing and took her card details (allegedly for returning her payment) but then took money from her account.

Amazingly, they then recalled her the following day to try and take more money, however the bank alerted her to this and she stopped the call immediately. It could have been much worse but she still lost money that she could ill-afford.

Remember, Amazon will never call you like this.

Be alert, stay safe.

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