There are several ways how these crimes take place, including the following example.
A fraudster posing as a customer care executive from Amazon
advised the victim that a “Fraud Alert” has been placed on their account. The victim acknowledged that they had an Amazon account but did not have the Amazon app on their phone. The fraudster took this opportunity to direct the victim to download a screen-sharing platform, in this case, it was the Teamviewer Remote Control
app. Upon downloading this app a 9 digit code was then populated and was provided to the fraudster. This allowed for the fraudulent caller to gain access to the victim’s screen and possibly even recorded information, such as passwords and account numbers. It was at this point the victim realized it was a scam and hung up. Amazon is not the only company used in these type of crimes, many other popular brand name corporations are used by these criminals to attempt to defraud unsuspected parties.
Clarkstown Police want people to be on alert for the possible scam.