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Fake Amazon phone number cost Chicago woman $1,500 in scam

Fake Amazon phone number cost Chicago woman $1,500 in scam


JASON KNOWLES SPEAKING TO A WOMAN WHO LOST $1500 TO THIS POPULAR SCHEME. JASON: ONE WOMAN SAYS IT ALL STARTED WITH A FAKE AMAZON WEBSITE WHICH HAD A PHONY PHONE NUMBER. SHE CALLED THAT PHONE NUMBER WHICH SOUNDED SO REAL. THEN SHE FELL INTO THE SCAMMER” TRAP. QUICK THEY MADE $1500 IN 30 MINUTES. JASON: BRENDA OLIVER HAS A MESSAGE FOR CUSTOMERS WHO MIGHT BE FOOLED INTO CALLING A FAKE AMAZON NUMBER.>>NEVER, EVER GIVE A — GET A GIFT CARD AND GIVE THESE PEOPLE THE NUMBERS OFF THE BACK. JASON: OLIVER WAS RECENTLY WIDOWED. HER HUSBAND HAD AN AMAZON PRIME ACCOUNT SHE DID NOT USE, SO SHE TRIED TO CLOSE IT AND STOP THE ANNUAL FEE.>>I TRIED TO DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP ME, AND IN THE END, THESE PEOPLE WERE SCARING ME. JASON: HER SEARCH TURNED UP A FAKE AMAZON WEBSITE WITH A PHONY PHONE NUMBER. SHE SAID THE REPRESENTATIVE ON THAT FRAUDULENT PHONE NUMBER TOLD HER TO SEND GIFT CARDS BEFORE THEY COULD GET HER HUSBAND’S ACCOUNT UP-TO-DATE. BUT IT WAS ALL A RUSE. SHE NEVER GOT THAT REMAINING BALANCE BACK AND LOST $1500 IN GIFT CARDS. SHE DID NOT KNOW THAT BY GIVING THE SCAMMERS THE NUMBER OFF THE BACK OF THE GIFT CARDS THE MONEY WAS IMMEDIATELY GONE AND UNTRACEABLE.>>THEY WILL SEARCH FOR A PHONE NUMBER AND FIND ONE FROM JUST A RANDOM WEBSITE THAT SAYS THIS IS THE PHONE NUMBER FOR THIS COMPANY YOU ARE TRYING TO REACH, AND THAT PHONE NUMBER ROUTES TO A BURNER PHONE. JASON: WHICH COULD END UP BEING AN UNTRACEABLE NUMBER. THE I-TEAM HAS REPORTED ON FAKE FACEBOOK AND FAKE UBER NUMBERS WHICH HAVE ALSO RIPPED PEOPLE OFF.>>IF YOU GO ON GOOGLE AND TYPE IN AMAZON PHONE NUMBER, YOU WILL FIND THE LEGITIMATE NUMBER, BUT THERE WILL BE A LOT OF OTHER ONES LIFTED. A LOT OF THESE WEBSITES POP UP OVERNIGHT AND ARE GONE A FEW DAYS LATER AFTER THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF A FEW PEOPLE. JASON: ALL FILED A POLICE REPORT AND SHOWED THEM THE FAKE AMAZON PAGE. WHEN SHE CALLED THE I-TEAM, THE PAGE WAS DOWN, BUT THE PHONE NUMBER STILL WORKED.>>YOU ARE CALLING AMAZON CUSTOMER SERVICES. JASON: AFTER MORE THAN 20 MINUTES ON HOLD, I HUNG UP, BUT I REPORTED THE SUSPICIOUS NUMBER TO A REAL CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE AT AMAZON.>>THIS IS NOT IN AMAZON PHONE NUMBER, SIR. JASON: THE REAL AMAZON PHONE NUMBER STARTS IN 888, NOT 866 LIKE THAT OTHER ONE. HOW DO YOU SPOT A PHONY PHONE NUMBER? LOOK FOR THE REAL LOGO OF THE BUSINESS TO POP UP BY THE 800-NUMBER. YOUR BEST BET IS TO LOOK FOR A NUMBER ON AN APP YOU’RE READY HAVE. IF YOU ARE ON A DESKTOP, VISIT THE REAL WEBPAGE IN YOUR WEB HISTORY. ALSO, NO LEGITIMATE BUSINESS WILL EVER ASK YOU TO SEND A GIFT CARD

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