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L SHOSH
December 11, 2020
Today Friday @ 10:26AM l received a call from a party stating they're with Amazon.com. Caller I'D Show: WINNETKA, CA TELE: 1-818-710-6081 Their message presentation, they find you had placed an order and the balance due to us is $343.00... I followed up by calling the telephone number, found there's no such number listed. I called Amazon.com head quarters, conveyed the SCAM FRAUD. Consumers be very careful...
LDS Larry
December 11, 2020
I always appreciate these messages from the FTC. Fraud is such an unkind thing taking advantage of people.
Deniceinroy
December 11, 2020
Have received two phone calls today, one @ 5:49 am PAY and the second @ 9:56am. Both calls were from local numbers. Both call were automated stating "Your order for (whatever) in the amount of $1,068.00 is ready" if this is correct push 2 or if it's not your order push 1" . HANG UP! FRAUD CALL! I am 63 years old. Not sure if it's a senior scam or all ages. Be warned...
Sharon
December 14, 2020
I received a phone call. Saying they would be taking $399.00 out one of my accounts with in 24 hours for my "internet service contract" or press #1 to discuss my options! I just hung the phone up. I am with NORTON . So I knew this was a SCAM. But I wrote it all down. I thought I report this. Time 3:03 pm Wed ec/09/2020 Qzick. com 1-916-414-89 Thank You & God Bless HAPPY HOLIDAYS I thought I would report this.
Grand Rapids
December 11, 2020
Receive 7 robo calls pertaining to iCloud account from Apple Support. All different numbers.
Chat_Kath47
December 12, 2020
A few days ago I got 32 different calls, one after another, on my cellphone with the ID saying "Kingston Jamaica, Barbados" and various other addresses from that area - didn't answer any. I then proceeded to block each number as it came up and they stopped after about an hour. Yesterday the SAME numbers and ID's came up on my husband's cellphone so I immediately blocked each as they came in. Have no idea who or why someone was calling our cellphones one call after another and 32 different numbers in Jamaica and the other places in the South Atlantic islands.
MLOwens
December 12, 2020
My husband and I both received text messages claiming to be UPS notifying us of a package. We were supposed to click on a link for details. Fortunately, I had just read about this scam here on this site. Thank you for all you do to protect consumers. It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world!
Judybee28
December 12, 2020
Just today I've received at least 20 calls saying that there is a charge on my Amazon account for $700.00. When I finally answered one of the calls, hoping to make it stop, the strongly accidented person said I needed to change my account number and that they would help me do that if I gave them access to my computer...yeah right! What an obvious scam. When I contacted Amazon, they said the NEVER call customers.
Evelyn72
December 13, 2020
I was scammed 2 years ago to the tune of $500. My bank verified a Deposit of a l$ 900.00. Next the issuer wanted half back. He insisted on using Google Play cards. That should have been the tip off but I was frazzled from his harassment re getting the money back to him I simply got stupid! Paid the money back. Two days later the bank notified me they were bad checks. They were insistent on repayment that day of the $500. I had to pay it all back but it took several months. When finished I left that bank. Felt like I was scammed Twice!
Davidricketts1941
December 22, 2020
My husband received a call saying he had too many bank accounts in other states. They asked for this account he didn't not give it. He has 1 account only. They said that would be there to arrest him in 30 mins