Beware of Scams – notice from Cambs police

Sent on behalf of Cambridgeshire Police Fraud & Cyber Team

For those of you that use you may already have been informed that as of January 19th 2022, Amazon will not accept Visa credit cards for payment.
I note with interest, that they advise you to replace the card with either a Debit Card or another credit card issuer.

Please remember, that using a credit card to online shop provides you with more consumer protection than using your debit card.
Using a credit card, you are spending someone else’s money until you pay it back.
Using a debit card, you are spending your own money.

I like to try and predict how the criminals will react to the Amazon announcement, so I would not be surprised and I urge you to be alert to the fact, that criminals will exploit this situation to send phishing communications that appear to come from Amazon, inviting you to click on a link so you can change the card details on your account.

May I suggest, that you access your Amazon account (or any online account) via the genuine website or genuine app, not via a link in a text, email or social media message.


Mr Nigel Sutton 8517
Fraud and Cyber Security Advisor