These Voice Phishing (“Vishing”) robocalls normally urge recipients to “Press One” to engage with a service representative and take off the phony charges, often in the amounts of $729 or $1,499. However, these calls are not coming from Amazon representatives. They are made by imposters who are really identity thieves seeking to take over the bank accounts of victims and steal their cash.

These are not just harmless nuisance calls. For instance, Amazon imposters recently defrauded a senior citizen in Stockton, Calif., by claiming that $400 had been hacked from her account. The scammers lured the woman into giving away her banking credentials, before they withdrew $40,000 from her bank account and maxed out her five credit cards, according to a police report.

That stolen $40,000 could provide enough money to fund an entire robocall scam operation for 100 million more robocalls, ensuring that every ensuing scam that succeeds would return pure profits,…

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