Now scammers are trying to warn you of possible fraud on your account to make you so nervous that you don’t think twice about what you’re doing next.
We’re seeing an uptick in texts and phone calls from scammers alerting us to suspicious activity. Some are pretending to be from the Amazon fraud department. Others follow a similar M.O. with dubious fraud alerts by impersonating big names, including banks such as Chase and government agencies such as the Social Security Administration.
Everything is portrayed as something terribly “urgent.” Some text messages warn you that your account has been locked or restricted due to unusual activity and you may be told, wrongly, that you need need to click on a link to fix the problem.
Others may claim that you need to verify that a $500 purchase was made on your card for something or another.
Some robocalls tell you to “Press 1” to report a phony charge often claimed to be $729 or $1,499.