Woman targeted in sick Amazon Prime scam as Scottish cops arrest man


A man has been arrested at the border after a woman was the victim of a ruthless Amazon Prime scam.

The victim, from Galashiels, was subjected to fake transactions by people claiming to work for the online retailer, in November 2020.

The fraudster pretended to work for Amazon

The sick scammer told the women that an Amazon Prime subscription was fraudulently deducted from his bank account.

She was then persuaded to download malware.

The malware gave the scammer access to their bank details.

Police revealed on Friday that a 31-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the incident.

He was handcuffed in Hawick on Wednesday.

The man has been reported to the tax attorney and is due to appear in court at a later date.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Borders Police Division said: “A local man has been arrested and charged with fraud.

“It follows an investigation where a woman from Galashiels was the subject of fraudulent transactions, by people claiming to be from the Amazon company, in November of last year.

“Thorough investigations were carried out, culminating in the arrest of a 31-year-old man in Hawick on Wednesday April 28.

“He has been reported to the tax attorney and will appear in court at a later date.”

The spokesperson advised residents to be vigilant when it comes to fraudsters claiming to work for retail and streaming giants such as Amazon.

Their statement added: “In this case, the victim was told that an Amazon Prime subscription had been fraudulently deducted from their bank account and they were then persuaded to download malware that allowed the scammer to access the bank details. “

Amazon says on its website that they will never call and ask you to install an application or request remote access to your computer.

“They advise you that if you receive a suspicious call, email or text claiming to be from Amazon that asks you for personal information, payment, or offers you a refund that you don’t expect, you should not give personal information. “

Agents have provided some tips on how to avoid falling victim to similar scams.

• Do not press 1 and do not follow any other instructions given in an automated message.

• Do not give any personal or account information to a cold caller.

• Never follow an unsolicited caller’s instructions to download an application or software that would allow them to access your computer remotely.

• If in doubt, hang up and contact Amazon using the details found on their official website.

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