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November 19, 2020

Shoppers using Amazon should know about a major phishing scam which has been targeting the Sacramento Valley.

The scammers target victims via an automated telephone call claiming that an expensive item which does not match the user's profile has been charged to their Amazon account , and to  "press one" to speak to a representative. 

However,  doing so will connect the call to a scammer with a heavy accent who is posing as an Amazon customer service representative.  The scammer confirms with the recipient of the call that the "purchase" was fraudulent and then asks how the recipient accessed Amazon.  If it was by computer, the scammer tells the recipient that they need to secure their Amazon account, and the scammer can help them.  The scammer then asks for remote access to the recipient's computer, supposedly to fix the problem and make sure no one else uses the recipient's account.   Remote access gives control access allowing the scammers to steal personal information, including passwords and banking information.


If you receive one of these scam calls or ever get a suspicious email claiming to be from Amazon, report it to the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint and follow the on-screen assistant.

To report a phishing or spoofed email or webpage:

  1. Open a new email and attach the email you suspect is fake.  For suspicious web pages, copy and paste the link into the email body. If you can't send the email as an attachment, forward it.
  2. Send the email to stop-spoofing@amazon.com


August 04, 2020

Today Crime Stoppers received a telephone call from a concerned citizen.  She had just hung up on a person who claimed to be from Social Security Administration and who threatened to cancel her Social Security account.  The caller asked how much money she had in her bank account.   
REMEMBER:  Social Security will never call you and make threats like this.  They will never ask for your bank account information.   THIS IS A SCAM!!

Fox 40 Interview on the Crime Stoppers Program
November 18, 2013

Here is a link on an interview from Fox 40 on How Crime Stoppers Works. 


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