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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

SCAM ALERT: Windom resident reports account-hacking scam

The heightened use of Amazon for ordering items has led scammers to use Amazon as it pulls scams on Windom area residents.

Recently, the Windom Police Department received a report from a Windom woman who said that on April 26 her three Amazon accounts were hacked. The scammers tried to spend $3,000 to $4,000, mostly on computers.

Fortunately, the woman paid close attention to the Amazon e-mails and texts stating she had ordered specific items that were preparing to ship. She immediately contacted Amazon about the problem and the accounts–and shipping–were frozen.

“Fortunately, her account was not actually charged the total amount,” said Corey Hillesheim, assistant Windom police chief. “Her total loss was $10.90. The woman’s alertness paid off.”

Hillesheim offers this advice for people who order things online:
* Keep your daily spending limit low, maybe $500 per day.
* Frequently change the password on any account.

Send your scam story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in an upcoming edition and in a Thursday website report. By sharing your story, you may prevent others from being scammed.

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