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Butler Township couple out $9K after fake Amazon scam

October 22, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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A Butler Township couple was scammed out of $9,000 on Wednesday and they have shared their story in the hopes that others will not fall to the same cyber plot.

Dennis Hindman, 73, and his wife, who did not want her name published, are avid shoppers on Amazon. The Hindmans were attempting to return an item that was wrongly mailed to them when a pop-up window appeared on their web browser telling them they were hacked for $500 and to call a number to get their money back.

Hindman said they thought the number was for an Amazon employee, so they called for instructions. The caller, who wasn’t identified, told them that they would send $500 back into their account as a reimbursement.

“That’s where it all started,” Hindman said.

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