Mary Alice Reporting –

Consumers are being warned of callers claiming to be from a big company in an attempt to steal people’s money.

With holiday shopping in full swing, Ohio Attorney general Dave Yost is sending out a warning that scammers are claiming to be legitimate businesses, such as Amazon, Apple, or PayPal.

The random call has the deception of the person wanting to help remedy a large or expensive purchase that has been charged to a credit card.

The fake representative then works to persuade the consumer to give them remote access to a device to issue a supposed refund, with the scammer instead gaining access to a person’s personal information.

A variation of this scam also sees the fraudster getting the person to buy a gift card as a way to cancel or stop the purchase.

Yost notes that companies do not do business that way and the best thing to do is to hang up. Many companies also list refund guidelines on their website.

As always, folks receiving calls should be suspicious of any requests to buy a gift card as payment for another product or service or a refund.

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