Telephone scam targets Amazon Prime customers

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Police are issuing a warning this morning about a scam targeting Amazon Prime customers across the Hudson Valley.

As the online holiday shopping season kicks into gear, police are telling people to be extra careful.

Police say people are getting telephone calls, indicating there's a problem with their Amazon account or that their Prime membership needs to be renewed.

They say this is just an attempt to get people to hand over financial data or personal information over the phone, something you should never do, especially with someone you don't know.

Amazon officials are warning customers to never take action on their accounts in response to an unsolicited call. They say Amazon will never call a customer for payment outside of their website and if a customer has concerns or receives a call they believe is fake, check the Amazon help pages for guidance.

Police officials say if you get one of these calls, simply hang up.

Investigators say this scam appears to be happening overseas as well, specifically in the United Kingdom.

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