Scammers are in power when people are looking for a good Christmas bargain.
As usual, fake texts are making the rounds, all with slightly different tactics.
Scammers are all too aware that many people shop for gifts on Amazon, so this scam uses the online retailer’s name.
It starts with a text message saying you ordered something quite expensive that you didn’t order at all.
Going for big bucks is to make you call them.
But don’t be fooled.
tech radar decided to call them for testing to see what these thieves are up to.
The person on the other end of the line tried to make it seem legitimate and asked for things like the order number in the text and your name.
They further suggest there have been multiple orders from a distant location – another ploy to try to scare you.
The scammer then says that you can only solve this with the so-called Amazon Secure Server.
It turns out that this is a well-known service called AnyDesk that is legitimately used by IT workers in companies around the world.
The technology allows a person to control your device remotely – so it appears that the cyber thief is using the tool to infiltrate your devices.
Once they do that, they can snoop around and open up pretty much anything.
So if you get an SMS for an Amazon order you didn’t place, don’t panic.
Go through the official channels like Amazon’s own website for help if you are unsure whether it is legit or not.
It’s also worth noting that Amazon would never ask you to download an app to solve something like this.
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