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‘Amazon’ fraudsters are stealing thousands from unsuspecting victims

Britons are being urged to be on their guard after a fraudster claiming to be from Amazon swindled two people out of £15,000.

The telephone scam sees victims receive an unsolicited call with a pre-recorded message, where they are invited to connect to an operator to talk about their Prime membership.

After a long conversation, they are then asked to reconnect to the phone call through their computer and download software called Team Viewer, which allows them to share their desktop.

Image: The victims had money taken directly from their online bank accounts

From here, the victim is asked to log into their online bank to check whether they have received a refund from Amazon.

A distraction technique is then deployed to divert their attention away from the screen – enabling the fraudster to quickly transfer funds out of the victim's bank account and even apply for loans.

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Avon and Somerset Police said it has recently received reports of three incidents in the area, with two of the victims losing a combined total of almost £15,000.

Avon and Somerset Police warned: "Neither the police nor the banks will ask you for banking details or PIN numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called 'courier' to collect bank cards or money.

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"Our message is – don't discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they claim to be a police officer or a representative from a bank fraud department or even a well-known company.

"Genuine callers will be happy for you to make an appointment to visit them at a bank branch or police station or for you to call them independently to verify that they have been trying to contact you."

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