New twist on a recent scam

County residents have been calling to inform me of a different twist in the Amazon scam that I sent out a few days ago. Now, residents are being contacted by phone and being told that if the resident hangs up, Amazon will charge them $200 and Mastercard will charge them $900.

The caller then states that if they wish to dispute the charges, you must press one. When you press one, you will speak with a live person who will try to get personal information from you. This is a scam and I am advising everyone to either hang up or do not answer calls you are unfamiliar with.

The purpose of this new scam is to pressure people into speaking with a scammer. These scammers are highly trained to glean information from you to access your financial accounts. If you do not respond or speak with these people, your chances of becoming victims are very slim. When in doubt, please hang up on these type of calls. The press release I sent out a few days ago is below:

I would like to inform residents of an Amazon scam that is circulating our area very heavily lately. Residents are being called repeatedly by an automated message stating someone had illegally charged an expensive item to their Amazon account and to press one for more information. Many residents have stated they are receiving more than 20 calls per day.

When one is pressed, it sends the resident to a live person who is attempting to get personal information about your Amazon account and financial information. This person has a very heavy foreign accent. Once again, we are reminding county residents to never give out personal information over the phone or internet. This is a relatively new scam that is using frequent calls to prompt residents to answer their phones. It is annoying, but hanging up or letting the call go to voicemail is the best way to handle these types of calls. Never call them back!

If you feel you have been a victim of this or other scams, notify your local law enforcement.

John Merchant20 Posts

John Merchant currently serves as Brown County (Kansas) Sheriff.

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