As the holiday shopping season begins, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Fraud Hotline has been receiving reports of scammers convincingly impersonating Amazon. Please be on the lookout for the following red flags.
One scam starts as an email or call for a purchase that you don’t recognize. The email may include a link or a phone number where you can dispute the purchase. The link or an attachment on the email may prompt you to download software or enter login credentials.
By doing this, it lets the scammer have remote access to your computer and all your personal information. Or, you may just be asked on the phone to confirm your account information or the card number on file.
If a scammer gets permission to access your computer remotely, they may also say they will reimburse you through direct deposit. They can then create a fake online statement on your own screen showing that you’ve accidentally been reimbursed for too much. They’ll beg or demand that you return the extra money through gift cards, money-transfer apps or other forms of payment that won’t let you to get your money back.
Amazon will never ask you to disclose or verify sensitive personal information, let alone ask for your Social Security number, driver’s license or credit card number. Some of these scammers may already have some of your basic information, like your name and address, but don’t let that convince you.
Amazon also will never ask to remotely access your computer. If…