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Amazon impostors launch scams trying to cash in on company’s name and success

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Amazon is one of the biggest brands in the world and during the pandemic even more people signed up for Amazon accounts as they did their shopping online. News 5 takes a look at how fraudsters are trying to cash in on Amazon’s name and success.

During the pandemic consumer protection experts say there was a huge uptick in scams and fraud. The most reported schemes we’re being attacked with are impostor scams and lately no business name is being used more than Amazon.

Ironically, the scheme that’s being reported most often using the Amazon name is through a phone call alerting you to fraud on your account. These calls sound something like this.

“This is Amazon… this call is to authorize the payment of 799 dollars for the recent order of an iPhone 11 on your account… press one to speak with an Amazon fraud department executive,” the caller says over the phone.

If you press one a live agent who is really a fraudster will ask for a…

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