GCSO warning residents of phone scam circulating in area
GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a phone scam circulating in the community.
Scammers are calling residents claiming to be calling from Amazon and telling people that charges have been made with their credit card and that credit card information need to be verified, GCSO said in a Facebook post.
“This is a scam folks! They call it Social Engineering!” GCSO wrote.
The scammer asks the victim to confirm a recent purchase by providing their name and additional information. The scammer will even offer an 800-number to call back if you are concerned it’s not a real call.
“They may even leave a voicemail asking you to call back,” added GCSO.
The agency offered some tips to avoid being scammed:
- Don’t give personal or financial information
- Amazon has no call center background noise
- Look up the number they called from yourself
- Ask them to tell you your account number
- Amazon will never call you on the phone
- If they need to speak to you, they will use email.
- Never provide your credit card information to people that call you.
- Criminals can claim to be from your card issuer, bank or vendor and ask for your personal information.
- Only give credit card information out to vendors that YOU initiated the phone call with, i.e. shopping online.
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