I got an automated robocall today. I’m virtually certain it was a phone scam but I’m curious how it was supposed to work.
It was a recording telling me it was from Amazon. It said somebody just ordered a thousand dollars IPhone using my account and wanted to know if I had authorized this purchase. If not, I should press 1. If yes, I should press 2.
I’m guessing that the intent of the scam was to scare people into pressing 1. But how does the scammer translate people pressing a button on a phone into money?
Obviously, they could rig up some system where they had a different recording saying something like “If you would like to donate a thousand dollars to this Nigerian prince, please press one” and then have the recording of that number being pressed. But if they were going to fake all that, why not just add the tone from pressing 1 as well? Calling your target and getting them to press 1 seems to just create the risk of alerting them a scam is occurring.
And how would just pressing a button transfer money. They would still need my genuine account information. And if they had that, why call me. Just use my account information without making me aware of it.
Or was this just the first step? If I had pressed 1 like I was asked, would I have been transferred to another scammer who would have pretended to be the Amazon fraud department and asked me for more information about my account? Was this recorded message just a screening device to separate out the gullible people and direct them on to the real scam?
What would have happened if I had pressed 2 and authorized the supposed order?
I didn’t press either button. I just said “I do not authorize this order” and hung up. Was speaking a bad idea?