The Amazon Prime Scam

The latest scam currently being pushed via phone calls and emails is the “Amazon Prime Scam.”

This is where they pretend they have charged you too much for your Amazon Prime account, or someone has purchased something on your Amazon Account (even if you don’t have an account).

Once again, it is all about gaining access to your machine. From there is the usual scam, so once again if you do not know who is on the other end of the phone, don’t let them access your computer.

The three main things to do if you have been scammed

Contact your financial institution and stop any payments all transfers that may be in progress.

Next, get your computer looked at by an IT professional most scammers will leave more than one way of access to your
computer. While your computer is being fixed, you may ask you’re IT professional to check your antivirus and malware
programs to see if they are up to date.

Immediately change your passwords on any websites that you may use. Most
people will use the same password across many sites. This is not a good idea, but understandable.

There are quite a few good antivirus and malware programs that are free for the home user, some of these are Avast
antivirus, Malwarebytes and even
Bitdefender. It is also worth mentioning that Microsoft has an antivirus programme built into Windows 10 which appears, as long as you are online, to do quite a good job.

Over the last few months, we have covered a lot about scammers and scamming
techniques, and now it’s time for a change.

So, from the next edition, you will find us under a new name Tech Corner.

IT Expert – Vince Pannell

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