Back in early June of this year there was a surge in “suspicious activity” scams. “Suspicious activity” scams are those that originate with a bogus phone call, email, or text from a retail outlet, in this case Amazon, alerting potential victims that “suspicious activity” has been detected on their account.

With consumers receiving up to 150 million robocalls per month from fraudsters claiming to be with Amazon, it is widely believed the scam’s surge was associated with Amazon’s wildly popular Prime Days, giving scammers cover to impersonate the company. From July 2020 through June 2021, 96,000 people reported being targeted by scammers, with losses topping $1,000 per customer.

With the upcoming holiday season and the specter of serious supply chain delivery problems, we again have seen a large uptick in such calls.

The Amazon scam is a new twist to the common gift card scam, in which fraudsters added the…

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