Opinion: Sophisticated scammers

By Suzanne Schutze, Taos
Posted 8/15/19

Today I got a spam that was from amazonprime15507@gmail.com showing that I had ordered $6,000 worth of merchandise. It appeared legitimate and had a 1-800 number to call if I suspected this was a …

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Opinion: Sophisticated scammers

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Today I got spam that was from amazonprime15507@gmail.com showing that I had ordered $6,000 worth of merchandise. It appeared legitimate and had a 1-800 number to call if I suspected this was a fraudulent order. The people answering the phone gave me multiple instructions on what to do to have the charge removed from my Amazon account. While trying to work this out, my son talked to them on the phone and determined this was a scam. Since they seemed to have too much information about me, I immediately canceled my credit cards (though no fraudulent charges were on them) for new numbers. I then contacted Amazon who confirmed for me that no such order had been placed with them. However, Amazon did want all the information about the spam attempt which I supplied. Amazon also provided me with an email stop-spoofing@amazon.com in case I ever had any difficulty again.

Because the email address appeared to be from Amazon Prime through Gmail, and the people on the phone sounded reasonable and credible, I was almost taken in. Just be warned. The crooks are becoming more sophisticated, and so must we be.

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