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A couple of times this month I received a recorded phone call allegedly from an Amazon employee stating that they have detected possibly fraudulent activity with my account. I was then prompted to press 1 for more info. "I immediately knew this was a 'scam call' for the simple reason that I don't have an Amazon account!" After that I decided to do some investigation into this.

"Amazon is aware of this scam and is advising it's customers if you do receive one of these scam calls don't fall for it, just hang up & 'definitely don't press any numbers' when prompted!" You can always check your Amazon on-line account yourself if you have any concerns and then contact Amazon customer service directly if you have questions.

These Amazon scammers have also been using hacked email accounts. If you receive an email with similar content just delete it without clicking on any links or attachments included.

You're also encouraged to report these calls or email to the Better Business Bureau,  https://www.bbb.org/  and the Federal Trade Commission. https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/

Not a bad idea to also report this activity to your state's Attorneys General office. 

Regards, Ritchie...

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I receive enough suspicious calls that I don't believe anyone.

2 days ago I got called from "Discover Bank support". I hang up and called the actual Discover, and they didn't recognize the number, and they had no record of anyone calling me.

In the past, I got calls from "IRS" about "tax fraud", I won multiple cruises, ...

Unless I initiate the call, I do NOT give any information.

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Great advice marjetika! Never give out any personal information, especially your Social Security number, bank account or credit card info, to a caller you find even remotely suspicious. You can always go on-line or call the official phone number of a company or entity you deal with yourself to investigate. As the old saying goes if something sounds too good or bad to be true it most likely is! Here's a few more scam calls I got recently.

I received a call that I had won a 15,000$ pre-paid gift card from the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. All I had to do was send in a small processing fee to receive my gift card by mail or better yet if I used a credit card as a payment method they could also deposit the funds directly into my bank account within two business days instead. Yeah right! If you do win from PCH they will never ask you to forward money to collect your prize.

One caller stated that my vehicle's extended repair warranty was about to expire and I could extend the warranty for a fee by pressing 1. The warranty expired long ago for my old piece of sh*t of a car, lol!

Another one was allegedly from the Fraternal Order of Police asking for a donation. The official FOP absolutely does not solicit donations by social media, phone calls, email or text messages.

Cheers, Ritchie...

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