Vulnerable Australian pensioner’s warning about new Amazon scam
Aussies are being warned to be on alert after people lost millions of dollars to a cruel new Amazon scam targeting our most vulnerable.
Kim Ford was ready to take off from struggle street, but never expected what was waiting around the corner.
“I think I’m all cried out now, I just feel like a wrung-out dishrag … not to mention a worthless, stupid idiot,” she told A Current Affair.
With little money for shopping, the 61-year-old from the New South Wales Central Coast was browsing Black Friday Sales on Amazon’s website.
“The next day, I received a text from Amazon, saying my account was going to be debited for the purchase and membership I have made,” Ms Ford said.
The message looked real, but it wasn’t Amazon. It was scammers, pretending to be the online e-commerce site.
Unaware, Ms Ford clicked on the phone number that was on the message seeking a refund, when a fake representative answered.
“He started out with name and address and all the usual things that people ask to identify you. Then he said ‘I need your (bank) card number, so I know what account to put the money back into’,” she said.
Ms Ford claims her phone then began vibrating, signalling each time money was stolen from…