Voice of the consumer | Beware of scammers pretending to be Amazon as the holiday season approaches | Local News

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It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, and many of us are already doing our holiday shopping. When shopping online, there are some red flags that you should watch out for. This includes the Amazon Impostor scam, where crooks pose as Amazon workers and attempt to steal your money.

“In the last year or so, Amazon impostor scams have really skyrocketed in the number of reports we’ve received from people across Colorado,” said Mark Fetterhoff of AARP Elderwatch. “People really need to be wary of the different types of scams that are where scammers pose as retailers, like Amazon.”

KKTV 11 News is partnering with AARP Elderwatch to alert you to the latest scams, as part of our weekly segment titled “Fraud Friday”. Fetterhoff says the crooks use several ploys.

“One way is that someone could get an unsolicited phone call saying they’re with Amazon and that person has a problem with their account. You shouldn’t trust an unsolicited call from someone saying that he’s with Amazon. Amazon doesn’t make outgoing calls, ”Fetterhoff said.

“Plus, people get emails that look a lot like emails from Amazon. Often times, these emails indicate that a person has purchased an important item, such as a TV or phone, and is supposed to pay for it. The reality is, this is just a spoofed email that they are trying to phish and get you to reply to.

If you are concerned that Amazon, or any other company, is trying to reach you, you should contact them using a trusted phone number. You can also log into your known account and check your recent purchases to make sure there is nothing wrong with your account.

“The most important thing is to disengage from these people if they are trying to reach you,” Fetterhoff said. “Hang up anyone who calls and says they are with Amazon, delete any calls or texts that seem suspicious. That say they are from Amazon.

“It’s hard to get rid of these types of scams, but they’re going to stick around as long as they work, so another really important thing to do is report scams and let us know,” Fetterhoff said. “They change every day, so we want to hear about it. “

AARP Elderwatch is partnering with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to educate older Coloradans in the state about the different types of frauds and scams. You can call the consumer helpline at 800-222-4444, press option “2” to speak to AARP Elderwatch. If you are the victim of a scam, you should also report it to local law enforcement.

You can watch “Fraud Friday” every Friday on KKTV 11 News at noon.

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