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New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

wisty
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New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

Just a warning.There seems to be a new phone scam in town.(Too many people must be catching on to the standard Microsoft/Your Broadband provider/BT... one).

I  just received an unsolicited automated call purporting to be from Amazon. The call was an electronic voice and the caller ID was apparently a mobile number - but one that is fake (number is incorrect if you dial it).

The voice said my Amazon prime was going to auto-renew for £39.99, and I should press 1 if I wanted to speak to an agent to cancel the renewal.

A) I don't subscribe to Amazon Prime - so It can't auto renew. And I just checked  my Amazon account to make sure I am not a member (accidents do happen!)

B) Why would Amazon call me to warn me. I assume their business model relies on inertia at the end of the 30 days.

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jab1
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

It's been around for a few weeks, along with the international transfer of money via VISA/Mastercard. The BT scam s still ongoing - see 'WhocallsmeUK'.

I seem to get very few of these robo-calls, but I have for many, many months employed the practice of not answering unknown numbers - I think they eventually cotton on to the fact they don't get an answer and take your number off.

John
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

I have a call blocker on mine and the logs show me that over the time it's been installed that I now get about one dodgy call a month, if that, rather than the 5 or 6 a day I used to get.

Minivanman
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

Sounds like somebody has gained access to Amazon's customer data base. 

Comes to something when you cannot trust anything from any source anymore - bit then could we ever. 


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jab1
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

@Minivanman  Don't think so - many of those reporting this type of call aren't Prime members.

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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

It's the old story isn't it?

They can go through the phone book, and they're going to catch somebody eventually.

As I've said before, any caller wanting money or details and I tell them I'll call them back.

Obviously not at a number they've just given me

Minivanman
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

@jab1 

Ah right, I just assumed it was - but how do you know otherwise? 

Just asking. Smiley


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jab1
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

You don't - except these calls are 'robo-calls' - and - unless they have changed policy, Amazon auto-renew unless you cancel before the due date, either via your account, or by phoning them.

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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

I'd be happy if Amazon only wanted to charge me £39.99 Cheesy
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

@dvorak 

It's OK, you can send it to me and I'll make sure they get it! Evil

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I don't need to do anything, I'd just hang up and wouldn't need to press 1 Tongue
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

Just to say this is still going on. Just had a call, allegedly from 01811963018 (probably a spoofed CLI), with the same automated voice message as the OP go six weeks ago. Needless to say I just put the phone down. I am not subscribed to Amazon Prime.

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@jab1 wrote:

@Minivanman  Don't think so - many of those reporting this type of call aren't Prime members.


Yeah,  we must have had this call about 10 times now,  and we are not amazon prime customers, they are just playing the odds that you are.  They only need to catch 5% of people with the scam to make a nice pile, you can't fool all the people all of the time,  but you just have to fool enough to make it payday...

jab1
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Re: New Phone Scam - Amazon Prime Auto Renewal?

Strangely enough, I haven't had this one, or the other two doing the rounds at the moment (£600.00 taken from your Visa card abroard/you will be disconnected from the internet in 48 hours), but there again, I never answer unknown numbers - just let them go to voicemail.

John