Police warn Amazon shoppers about worrying scam …and that’s just the tip of the iceberg
AMAZON customers have been put on high alert by police about a sinister new scam targeting online shoppers, and worse still, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.
Amazon users have been warned about a new scam which sees con-artists trying to trick people into handing over hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers. The latest scam was highlighted by South Yorkshire Police who received a tip-off about the threat from Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber reporting centre. The scam sees fraudsters calling up a victim and claiming to be working on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
PC Vicki Arrowsmith, from the force’s fraud co-ordination team, said: “These phone calls can be very distressing to receive, particularly if you are a vulnerable person – so it’s really important everybody spreads the message about these scams with their elderly or vulnerable loved ones.