Category Archives: Awareness

Amazon refund scam warning as hackers steal $60,000 from couple’s savings account by pretending to be employees

AMAZON shoppers are being warned of a refund scam that sees hackers pretend to be employees.

The warning comes after an elderly couple from Louisiana reportedly lost $60,000 of savings from their bank account via an internet fraudster.  

According to Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard, the pair were contacted online by an alleged Amazon agent – who claimed that they had been hacked.

An Amazon scam has conned a couple out of $60,000

“The hacker was able to hack into their bank account, take the 60 thousand out of their savings and put it into their checking,” he explained. They were not aware of it until the second time, and they contacted their bank. The hacker reportedly claimed to send the wrong amount of money, causing the couple to send money to the agent through the mail. The individual then pleaded with the vulnerable couple that he would be fired if the so-called mistake was not rectified – adding that they deposit the cash immediately.

To conclude they were then issued with a fake arrest warrant from Louisiana State Police via email – which accused them of money laundering.

Holidays ruined for woman who lost $4,800 in puppy scam

Kerri McIntosh is a “dog person” who couldn’t help but fall in love when she found a Doberman puppy for sale in a Facebook dog lover’s group.

“The woman selling it said, ‘This is the price, it includes shipping, and it is $1,300,'” McIntosh said.

That was actually a reasonable price for a purebred. But as soon as McIntosh sent the money using a digital payment app, the breeder needed more cash.

“She needed $750 for a crate,” McIntosh said. The seller then requested hundreds more for vaccinations, insurance and a permit to ship the dog.

McIntosh started to worry. But by that point, she had so much invested in the puppy that she kept spending. In the end, she says she sent the seller $4,800.

And as soon as she sent the last payment, the supposed breeder disappeared.

Los Angeles real estate broker gets over 10 years for COVID loan fraud

A Los Angeles real estate broker will spend more than a decade in prison for her involvement in a family fraud ring that stole more than $18 million in emergency COVID-19 pandemic loans.

Tamara Dadyan, 42, and seven others convicted in the scam used the ill-gotten funds to buy gold coins, diamonds, jewelry, designer handbags and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, according to the Department of Justice. Prosecutors said the LA-based ring submitted 151 fraudulent applications for loans intended to keep small businesses afloat during the pandemic, but instead used the funds to put down payments on luxury homes in Tarzana, Glendale and Palm Desert.

Dadyan was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in June to her role in the massive scheme led by her brother-in-law, Richard Ayvazyan, the Los Angeles Times reported.

NY sweepstakes offering $880,000 ‘prize’ is nothing but a scam

The check is in the scam!

New Yorkers are receiving letters trumpeting that they are winners of the “Supermarket Customer Sweepstakes Raffle Draw” — and their prize is a cool $880,000.

The congratulatory missive includes a realistic-looking first payment check of $8,000 and requests a processing fee of $7,000 to release the remaining “payout.”

But the golden ticket is nothing more than a tease and suckers who buy into the swindle also get stuck paying bank fees after the award check doesn’t clear.

The letter assures that a “bank certified cashier’s check for the [prize] is already purchased in your name and awaiting authorization for release.”

Don’t take the bait.

Kennesaw couple loses $17K in email scam despite warning signs

ATLANTA (CBS46) — A Kennesaw couple building their retirement home in the North Georgia mountains were recently scammed out of $17K. Better Call Harry explains how it happened. Craig Seabolt and his wife didn’t think twice about an email that turned out to be a scam.

The couple are building a lakefront retirement home in Blairsville. Not long after groundbreaking, the first $17,000 payment was due. The Seabolts mailed a check to their builder. A few days later they received an email that said that the bank was having a problem processing the check. The email contained wire instructions.

Seabolt’s wife sent the money without asking any questions because she believed it came from their builder. A month later when the scammers made another wire request, Seabolt started asking questions.

The FBI was able to track the wire transfer to St. Petersburg, Russia, but the money is gone.

There were clues in the emails, including a grammatical error and spelling error.

The builder was able to fix their account and the home will be done early next year. However, the Seabolts want others to know that if you receive an email that appear to be from someone you know but they ask for something unusual, you should check it out before taking action.