Tuesday, April 13, 2021

New phone scam involves paying the Amazon bill

(Radio Iowa) - A new phone scam is surfacing in central Iowa where the caller claims to be from Amazon.

The caller starts by saying you’ve made a purchase, of say, 500-hundred to 15-hundred bucks. The supposed Amazon rep then threatens to turn you over to the fraud division of the Federal Trade Commission if you don’t pay up. Don’t pay up! It’s a scam! Amazon will email you personally, with your name, if there is a problem with your account. Don’t wire or mail money to someone you don’t know. Don’t deposit a check from someone you don’t know and wire the money back, no matter how good a tale they tell. If anyone calls you about that, or wanting any personal info, just hang up and contact the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

If you think you’ve been scammed, call your local police department and let them know.

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