Scam: Amazon Flex delivery man robbed of $3500 while trying to earn extra income for family

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Amazon Flex is a program that gives individuals the ability to deliver packages for Amazon using their personal vehicle.

Bemenet Mesfen recently signed up to earn extra income for his family of three, but a scammer ended up withdrawing $3,500 from Mesfen’s bank account.

“I mean, it’s a bad feeling,” Mesfen said. “You can’t do anything about it.”

On April 1, Mesfen attempted its first delivery for Amazon Flex.

He wanted to pick up packages from an Amazon Hub Locker in southwest Houston, but ran into an issue that he needed help with.

Mesfen couldn’t find a number for Amazon on his app, so he went to a search engine and found what he thought was Amazon’s customer service number.

It was a scammer’s number.

“He even said ‘Kevin from Amazon,'” Mesfen explained.

“Kevin” instructed Mesfen to download two apps – AnyDesk, a remote desktop application, and Stryke, a payment app.

Mesfen soon received an alert about a low balance in his bank account.

“He did,” Mesfen said. “I let him in my phone, and next thing you know, he took all my money from my account.”

We contacted Amazon to respond to the situation and they said they were looking into what happened.

Mesfen said Amazon and his bank said there was nothing they could do about it.

He filed a police report with the Houston Police Department.

“That was my first time — and the last time I used Flex,” Mesfen said.

He says he will stick to his day job but wants to warn others who may find themselves in similar situations.

“If you call anyone, make sure they’re Amazon people,” he said. “Do not include your account number.”

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