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A new robocall scheme is using tech giants' name to trick victims

12/08/2020

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott would like to pass on some information from the Federal Trade Commission that there is a new robocall scheme that uses Apple's and Amazon's name to rip people off. The FTC has issued a warning to raise awareness about it. The FTC has posted two versions of the scam on its website, so people would know what to expect. First of the two versions is a recorded message telling recipients about a suspicious purchase made through their Amazon account, or that the retailer lost or cannot fulfill one of their current orders.
 
The other version tells call recipients that Apple has spotted suspicious activity in their iCloud account and that it may have been breached. Both versions employ the same tactic, though, asking people to press 1 or call a certain phone number to speak with a customer service representative. Like similar robocall schemes, the scammer will take the chance to squeeze people's personal information out of them if they call. Information such as their credit card numbers and account passwords. The FTC is obviously warning people against pressing 1 or calling back and advising those who get the calls to just hang up.
 
Government agencies like the have been trying to address America's growing robocall problem for a while now. People are now also more aware about robocall scams, but it pays to know about the latest schemes robocallers use in hopes of getting people to fall for their tricks.
 
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