As a global digital retailer, Amazon sells any item you can imagine — from books and beauty products to electronics and kitchen utensils. While it makes online shopping fast and convenient, scam artists use the company’s name to get more victims and earn big. In this article, we will help you learn about how and why Amazon sues scammers, the types of scams that scam artists do, and how you can avoid these kinds of scams. If you want to ensure a safe shopping experience, check out the article below!
Amazon Sues Scammers After Phishing Text Message Scam
Have you received a text message congratulating you for winning Amazon’s pods raffle? Unfortunately, it is probably a scam. Amazon recently sued a group of scammers for spreading text messages with fake offers and prizes. These 50 unnamed people usually operate by tricking their victims into clicking on links to a website selling products that are obviously not from Amazon.
According to Amazon, these scammers are not necessarily the ones selling products from these sites. However, they get paid by creating traffic for the sites. That is why Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warn users to be wary of scammers using Amazon’s name. In 2020, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recorded over 770 scam reports regarding Amazon impersonation. So, ignore these spam texts to prevent yourself from being a victim.
Types of Amazon Scams to Watch Out For
Scammers pretending to be from Amazon employ different techniques to make you fall into their trap and make a dent in your wallet. Here are the most common types of scams that Amazon impersonators use:
Text Message Scams
Given that more people do not easily take calls from unknown numbers, text message scams are becoming more prevalent. These spam texts will offer you some gifts, coupons, or rewards using Amazon’s name.
Then, scam artists will include a link, usually leading you to a site that advertises products not coming from Amazon. No matter how enticing these offers are, you shouldn’t open the links. Some of the links lead to a bogus website, while others are non-existent, and your device might end up infected with a virus.
Amazon scammers also use fake surveys for their money-making scheme to be convincing. They will say that completing the company’s survey gives you a chance to win huge prizes. And since you’re one of the few who have been selected to participate in the survey, they will urge you to finish the survey quickly to avoid missing out.
Note that these scam artists will also use Amazon’s logo and web design. If you think the links are suspicious, disregard them and save yourself the trouble of confronting scammers.
Work From Home Scams
Some scammers will also claim to be from Amazon and offer you fake work-from-home opportunities. They will say that you can earn as much as $500 per day for several hours of work. The figures themselves suggest that you’re talking to a scammer.
They will also entice you to visit the link to learn more about the job offer. However, if you read the description thoroughly, you will know that it’s a scam — everything from the broken language with spelling and typographical errors to the aggressive tone and too-good-to-be-true offers will be dead giveaways.
Tech Support Scams
Tech support scams are a major security concern for any company, and Amazon takes them seriously. Amazon sues scammers pretending to be from the company, offering to assist users in setting up Alexa on their new devices through fake apps and websites. Once you use these apps or sites, you see an error message telling you to call a specific phone number to have the problem fixed.
When you call the number, scammers will say there are technical issues with the device. Then, they will offer to solve the issue, but it will cost you hundreds of dollars. In reality, these services are offered for free by Amazon.
How To Avoid Amazon Scammers
While Amazon sues scammers who use the company’s name to fool people, you should also keep these tips in mind to avoid getting victimized by these impersonators:
- Beware of huge discounts: While Amazon does offer great deals, you should be able to spot false advertisements.
- Ignore unsolicited calls and emails: If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from Amazon offering you some services, end the call. Also, avoid clicking on links from suspicious emails.
- Never make any up-front payments: Some scammers will offer you work-from-home opportunities that pay well but require you to settle fees in advance.
- Do not reveal your personal information to anybody: This is a golden rule to avoid having your identity stolen or your bank account drained.
- Check for spelling and grammar mistakes: These are usually evident from fake job descriptions, emails, text messages, and fake sites.
- Do not fill out any suspicious surveys: These surveys often come with tempting offers meant to lure you into sharing your personal information.
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