PUBLISHED: 08:47, Fri, Nov 8, 2019 | UPDATED: 11:02, Fri, Nov 8, 2019
Criminals are targeting members of the public with automated calls, which state that the recipient has been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription, Action Fraud has warned. The worrying scam has seen victims being connected to a scammer who is posing as an Amazon worker when they try to cancel the subscription.
Action Fraud said last month that they’d received 200 reports from people who have lost money to the scam since the start of September.
This has amounted to victims losing more than £400,000 collectively.
Upon receiving the automated call, victims have been told a fraudster has used their personal details to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription, and told to press the number one in order to cancel the transaction.
Doing this however leads them to be connected to the real scammer, Action Fraud said, who poses as an Amazon customer service representative.
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Online banking scam warning: Action Fraud has issued a warning about a scam regarding Amazon Prime (Image: GETTY)
The criminal then tells the unknowing victim the subscription was purchased fraudulently, and that they need remote access to the victim’s computer.
The scammer claims this is to allow them to fix a security flaw to prevent it happening again, instructing them to download an application called Team Viewer and then log onto their online banking account.
Worryingly, the software download grants the fraudster remote access to the