CRESTVIEW — Because I am not much of a cell phone user and have an older phone, I don’t tend to get the scam texts and calls that my husband receives on his cell phone. One of the latest scams involves an Amazon delivery by UPS or other delivery service trying to get personal financial or credit card information.
Generally, the scenario is that a package you ordered is on hold at the delivery station until you verify the delivery address, and in many instances, you must verify the credit card number used for the purchase.
Of course you won’t remember making this purchase because you didn’t — it is all a scam. This particular scam aims at getting your address and credit card number so the thief can charge up hundreds of dollars on your credit card.
Another variation on this scam is an old, recycled version. Supposedly hackers have gotten hold of your bank account and have been stealing money and in order to get the package delivered, you must pay for it again with gift cards.
You are instructed to buy gift cards and call the scammers back with the identification numbers on the back of the gift card, along with the PIN number. Once you give the required information, your money is gone. If someone calls, texts or emails requesting payment with gift cards, that is a sure sign of a scam being perpetuated. Remember, neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the court system take gift cards as payment for outstanding debts.
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