Police in Sheffield share warning about £1m Amazon Prime scam - this is how to avoid it

Police have issued advice about an Amazon Prime scam - which has cost victims over ONE MILLION POUND in just three months.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 3:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th February 2020, 10:23 am

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) identified 571 reports of Amazon Prime-related computer software service fraud, between October 1 last year and January 16.

One victim from Scotland is believed to have lost over £65,000 in the scam.

The scam involves victims receiving an automated call informing them they have been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.

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They are then instructed to 'press one' to cancel this transaction but, when they do this, they are directed to a fraudster posing as an Amazon customer service representative.

The fraudster advises the victim that their subscription was purchased fraudulently and that remote access to their computer is required in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from reoccurring.

The victim is then asked to download a remote access application, often the ‘Team Viewer’ app, which grants the fraudster access to their computer.

The Team Viewer software is then misused by the criminal to monitor the victim logging onto their online bank account, which allows the fraudster to see the victim’s personal and financial details.

Other variants of the crime involve fraudsters stating that the recipient is eligible for a refund for an unauthorised transaction on their Amazon account.

HOW TO AVOID - Advice from Action Fraud

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Stay in control

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.

Remote access

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.

Remember, if you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.