Please be aware of these growing scams:
The Amazon Scam:
This scam starts as an email sent to you with the details of an Amazon purchase that you did not make. It looks very much like a real Amazon email and is usually for an expensive item, which is meant to scare you into thinking someone hacked your Amazon account. DO NOT respond to this email or call the customer service listed on the email. It is NOT the real Amazon phone number, and if you call it, they will pretend to be Amazon staff and steal from you.
If you get something suspicious from "Amazon," go to your Amazon account - not through the suspicious email - and check your order history. You can also call the customer service number on your credit card to make sure nothing has been charged to you.
The Vaccine Survey Scam
Recently, scammers have started calling people pretending to be doing a survey about the Pfizer vaccine and offering $90 if you complete a survey. They then ask for your credit card or bank info to send you the "money." There are no surveys being done about the vaccine and any information you gave to register for vaccines IS NOT shared with the pharmaceuticals.
Protect Yourself from Scams
- Always pause, take a breath and think if you receive an email or call that gets you rattled or nervous. Scammers try to get you scared so you follow their instructions before you have time to think.
- Do not give out any personal, bank, credit card or social security info over the phone or email unless you initiated the call and you are sure you are calling the real number.
- If you get something suspicious, do not use the number or email provided. Instead, look up the real number on something you know is true, like a bill, a bank statement or by searching on the company website.
- Never buy gifts cards to read to someone over the phone for payment
- Never feel embarrassed about falling for a scam - these are professional thieves and they are very convincing. Instead, share you experience, tell your friends and neighbors to spread the word so it doesn't happen to someone else.