How would you like to win a prize from Amazon, perhaps a free pair of $150 Apple AirPods?

It’s a scam, and an expensive one, as one Cincinnati man just learned.

Brian Hunt of Westwood buys electronics from Amazon, so he was excited to receive a text saying: “Congratulations Brian, you came in second place in the March Amazon raffle.”

“I received a text message that I thought was from Amazon, telling me there was a giveaway, a sweepstakes,” he explained. “I was going to get a free pair of AirPods, all I had to do was pay for shipping.”

The link went to a page that looked exactly like Amazon and asked for a credit card for shipping.

“Indeed, they were only asking for the shipping fee, which I think was $6,” he said.

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But a few days later he received a pair of cheap imitation AirPods and a $100 charge to his credit card.

“They charged me $6 for shipping, but then it was $99.50 a couple of days later,” he said.

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