Jun 3, 2021 | posted by Charlie Mouy

Recently, there has been a spike from scammers pretending to represent Fraud Departments of well-known organizations such as Chase, the Social Security Administration and Amazon to name a few.

There are many variations of the scam, but it might start out as an email or text with a warning that your account access had been restricted due to unusual activity or some other cause.  Potential victims are then encouraged to click on a link or provide some sort of personal or login information. Scammers can then use this information to do things such as steal your identity, make unauthorized purchases, or perform some other type of compromising activity.  

In one reported case, a scammer indicated that a consumer’s computer had been compromised by hackers and the caller needed remote access to stop them.  The scammer then asked for gift cards to help “catch the suspects”. 

To learn more about these scams and others, read https://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2021/06/02/alerts-scams-impersonate-amazon/5198380001/

For general tips on how to avoid email scams, visit https://www.directlink.coop/email-scams

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