If you get a sudden phone call from Apple or Amazon about your user account, be on guard: You’re probably getting scammed.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, fraudsters have been using both brands to try and trick people into handing over their personal information, including their credit card numbers. On Thursday, the US regulator published a blog post, documenting how robocalls pretending to be either Apple or Amazon have been preying on unsuspecting consumers.
“In one version of the scam, you get a call and a recorded message that says it’s Amazon,” the FTC said. “The message says there’s something wrong with your account. It could be a suspicious purchase, a lost package, or an order they can’t fulfill.”
The FTC’s blog postalso contains recorded audio samples of the robocalls. In the first example, the phone message says: “An unauthorized purchase of an iPhone XR 64GB for $749 was being ordered from your …