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Paying Twice Scam

Scammers send emails that look like they are from a company you do business with informing you your credit card didn’t go through. They provide links in the email for you to update your credit card information or they’ll have to cancel your order. Do not respond to these emails, do not click on links. Contact the company you do business with and see if your credit card payment is ok, or log onto your credit card and see if the payment has already been processed. They don’t know that you actually ordered goods, they pick large companies in the hopes that they will net a few victims who aren’t looking for other confirmations regarding their credit card.

The scammer wants you to think your payment didn’t go through and that you have to pay again to get it delivered to you. This scam frequently occurs during busy holiday seasons and aims to trap people who might order from places like Amazon and other major online retailers. Be aware as it is easy to get caught up in this scam.

Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Paying Twice Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
Paying Twice Scam Clues
  • Use the “Track your package” feature provided by your supplier.
  • Is this how the company contacts people?
  • Have I gone to my account and checked?
Paying Twice Scam Defence
  • If an email says your payment didn’t go through, don’t click on any links.
  • Contact the company you bought the package from and check on the status of your order.
  • Do not give out your credit card or banking information on items you already paid for.
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