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Did you get a call or text about a suspicious
purchase on Amazon? It’s a scam

Impersonator SocMed 1200x630 5 AmazonWe've received a warning from the Federal Trade Commission about a scam for which we've also received multiple reports of this happening locally.

According to the warning, "One way to spot a scam is to understand its mechanics. A new and complicated scam starts with a call or text message about a suspicious charge on your Amazon account. But it’s not really Amazon. It’s a scammer with an elaborate story about fraud using your identity that ends with you draining your bank or retirement accounts.

"Here’s what to know about this scam scenario.

"It’s not Amazon calling. Scammers spoof their phone number to make it look like it’s Amazon calling. Don’t trust the number in your caller ID and don’t trust what the caller tells you. Worried about a suspicious purchase on Amazon? Log in through the website or app. Don’t call back the number that called you or a number someone left in a voicemail or text message."

You can learn more about this scam at THIS LINK.

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If you've been subjected to a scam attempt like this, please contact
the Norfolk Sheriff's Office's Consumer Protection Unit to file a report.