It appears that the con artists behind the spate of COVID-19 scams and the recent money-flipping scam have moved their game. Various federal and state agencies are warning consumers that scammers have found some new ways to fleece the public: an Amazon AirPods raffle scam and an order confirmation scam.
The order confirmation scam
If you receive a text message from a number you don’t recognize saying you need to confirm a delivery by clicking on a link, stop right there. The scam — called “smishing” — starts with the pretense that it’s from Walmart, Costco, Target, or Amazon and that you need to confirm a recent purchase you supposedly made.
These scam messages say a shipment confirmation will follow and, when it does, your credit card on file will be automatically charged. “The message asks you to call a phone number if you did not make the transaction in question or to report an unauthorized transaction. If you dial the number, you will likely be asked to provide your account credentials or payment information so that your account can be ‘credited,’” cautions Attorney General Chris Carr. “The scammers will then use that information to steal your money or commit identity theft. This scam can also occur via email or text message.”
Carr says consumers can avoid this scam simply by not calling the number provided or clicking on the links. You can double-down on your protection by logging in to your…