Beware of these online shopping scams

The online holiday shopping season kicks off this week with heavily advertised promotions for Amazon Prime Day, Target Deal Days and Walmart’s The Big Save event. 

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And don’t the scammers know it. 

We’re being warned that 2020’s flurry of online shopping is triggering yet another scam. This time the fraudsters are impersonating Amazon, which begins its Prime Day sales at midnight going into Tuesday morning.

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Some recorded voice claims to be from Amazon and then tells you about a fraudulent charge on your Amazon Prime card. Or maybe the recorded message will alert you to a so-called lost or damaged package.

Some complaints earlier in 2020 reported that consumers received emails containing an order confirmation for an item they didn’t purchase.

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Sorry to bother you, hopefully you can help at the moment. I need to buy an Amazon gift card as a birthday gift for my nephew today but I can’t do this now as I’m currently away and I tried purchasing online but unfortunately no luck. Can you get it from any store around you? I’ll pay you back as soon as I am back. Your response would be greatly appreciated.

CF, by email

Nice try, CF, but we’re not falling for your attempt to defraud us. This email received by Consumer Champions is just one version of numerous scams doing the rounds involving Amazon gift cards. In one, links are shared on social media offering free Amazon vouchers or coupons. Users are invited to click on links to unlock significant discounts or receive free shopping on Amazon, before being asked for their personal or financial details.


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The holiday season is already a booming time for online shopping. The COVID-19 pandemic only increases the likelihood that when people shop this holiday season, they will choose online shopping over brick-and-mortar stores. However, this also means there is likely to be a boom in online scams.

Already, multiple companies from outside the U.S. are advertising relatively unchecked on the internet, selling – or even just pretending to sell – all manner of products. The items are typically advertised using designs stolen from legitimate businesses and artists, often ripped off from Etsy, especially if those designs have been featured on popular sites like Bored Panda.

When people buy these scam products, what arrives is typically of low quality. That’s if anything ever arrives. Often the company just shutters and renames itself without sending

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Putting a ‘STOP’ to gift card scams in northern Arizona | Arizona News

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Officials in northern Arizona want to make sure residents in the area don’t fall victim to gift card scams. 

In partnership with the Chino Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Tribal Police, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) personnel have begun distributing warning signs to businesses in the area that sell gift cards.

YCSO says many residents, especially senior citizens, have recently become targets of scammers.

Here’s how the ploy works: a phone scammer calls people and creates “fake circumstances” by convincing victims they owe money for things like fines, utility bills, taxes, or even helping out a loved one in need. The victim then is told to buy a gift card (often iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon) to cover those costs.

Then, scammers quickly use those gift cards to obtain cash while the scam is in progress. If you buy a gift card and someone

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