Aberdeen shoppers warned to be wary of Amazon Prime day scammers

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Aberdeen shoppers have been urged to be on their guard against online scams as Amazon Prime Day approaches.

The online retailer will be hosting their annual event on July 16 to 17, promising massive savings on top brands.

A Scots charity has warned shoppers to be careful however, with reports of fake deals presented through phising emails, texts and phone calls.

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Advice Direct Scotland said fraudsters were using new tactics to target bargain hunters, the Daily Record reports.

The charity said it had recently handled a number of cases from across Scotland where people received calls from seemingly local telephone numbers claiming to be from a 'bank security service' or 'Visa security', and mentioning payments related to Amazon.

The calls, warning consumers of 'suspicious' transactions on their bank accounts of between £300 and £1300, have been reported in Aberdeen, the Borders, Edinburgh, Fife, the Highlands, North Ayrshire, and West Dunbartonshire.

Advice Direct Scotland advised Scots to stay vigilant, and if a call appears suspicious or raises concern, to hang up and contact the bank or card issuer directly.

They also reminded people that genuine banks never make unsolicited calls to request their PIN, full password, or money transfers to other accounts.

Hazel Knowles, senior project lead for Advice Direct Scotland, said: "It's important for shoppers to check who they are buying from and ensure that their purchases are safe, providing value for money. Fraudsters are always on the lookout for opportunities to deceive you.

"The key advice for consumers is to be savvy, slow down, and check before you buy.

"Make sure you're on the real Amazon website as well, as there may be links that take you to a site that looks similar to Amazon but isn't the real thing.

"Anyone who is caught out by a scam or spots a suspected scam should report it using our free scamwatch tool."

Top tips for avoiding the scammers included shared by the charity included creating a strong password, researching retailers before buying, checking for fake reviews and to using a credit card if possible as it may be easier to get your money back if something does go wrong.

Hazel Knowles, senior project lead for Advice Direct Scotland, said: "It's important for shoppers to check who they are buying from and ensure that their purchases are safe, providing value for money. Fraudsters are always on the lookout for opportunities to deceive you.

"The key advice for consumers is to be savvy, slow down, and check before you buy.

"Make sure you're on the real Amazon website as well, as there may be links that take you to a site that looks similar to Amazon but isn't the real thing.

"Anyone who is caught out by a scam or spots a suspected scam should report it using our free scamwatch tool."