I've just had a phone call from a man with an Indian accent
Well perhaps this is unfair, but that made me a bit suspicious for a start
He said it was to confirm that I have been charged £79-99 for a year's subscription to Amazon Prime, and that if I wished to cancel it, I should dial 1
That also made me suspicious as I did pay into Amazon Prime by mistake, months & months ago,which I cancelled, and since then I've always been careful to understand and find my way round their fine print and doublespeak, but I thought that perhaps I've slipped up
I also remember it was a monthly payment, but thought Oh well, perhaps they've changed it
So I dialled 1 and he asked if I had a laptop or a smartphone
I replied 'No, but I have a PC'
He didn't seem to understand this, and asked again if I had a laptop or a smartphone
Then I twigged - of course they must know I have some sort of computer, how else would I buy stuff from them?
And they keep sending me their junk emails to my computer
I thought - I'll bet the next thing will be for them to say they'll email me a claim form, which will ask for my card details so they can refund me
So I just said 'goodbye' and hung up
I must admit that I'm by no means an expert with computers or online shopping, but I like to think that I'm aware of scams - I really should have twigged on the first message that Amazon would only contact me by email
It just goes to show how you have to be sharp and on the ball about these things
Incidentally, I dialled 1471 and the number was
As with most of these scams, the trick is to make it just about plausible