Scam of the day – January 8, 2017 – Scammers selling goods on Amazon

Amazon is a great place to buy things.  The prices are good and the convenience of on-line shopping is an added bonus.  However, as always, anything that attracts consumers also attracts scammers and scammers have been flocking to become third party seller’s on Amazon, luring unwary customers into buying defective or counterfeit products. In some instances, the scammers sell products via Amazon and then never even send anything in return to the victimized consumer.  Many of these scammers are based in China although that fact is not necessarily apparent from their online advertisements.

Unfortunately, it is easy for anyone to become a seller on Amazon which does little to investigate companies seeking to sell their goods on Amazon. Fortunately,  Amazon provides its own A-Z guarantee on anything sold on Amazon so you are not likely to lose money when you are scammed by one of these scammers although you will experience inconvenience and lose time having to deal with the problem.

TIPS

It can be difficult to distinguish scam ads on Amazon from the ads of legitimate merchants although, as always, if a price appears too good to be true, it usually is.  When shopping on Amazon, you may wish to consider not buying from third party merchants on Amazon and limit your Amazon purchases to those items sold by Amazon directly to avoid this problem.

Scam of the day – December 14, 2016 – Amazon phishing email

A phishing email that appears to be from Amazon is presently circulating and luring unsuspecting victims into providing personal information that results in identity theft.  A copy is reproduced below.

The email looks legitimate and with so many people shopping online through Amazon it is likely to trick many people into thinking it is legitimate.  As with many phishing emails, it falsely indicates that there is a problem that requires your immediate attention.  In this case it is a shipping problem that requires you to resubmit your information including your credit card information.  If you do so you will end up becoming a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

If you receive such an email and have any concern that it may be legitimate, you should contact Amazon by phone or online at a telephone number that you know is correct or at its website.  Do not click on links in such emails or text messages to establish contact with Amazon. Doing so will only put you in touch with the scammers.  Also, be careful when you call Amazon because scammers sometimes obtain telephone numbers that are only a digit off from the real telephone number to catch unsuspecting victims who call the wrong number by mistake.

Scam of the day – December 22, 2013 – Phony Amazon invoice scam

With just a couple of days to go before Christmas, the holiday shopping season is in full swing.  Unfortunately, it is also full swing for scam season as scammers continue to take advantage of people who may be too distracted by their shopping to follow proper scam avoidance.  A case in point involves an email which many people, including myself, recently received.  The email purports to be from Amazon and it relates to a recent order of mine.  The email itself does not provide much detail, but there is an attached invoice.  Unfortunately, if you download the attached invoice, you will not be downloading a legitimate Amazon invoice, but instead, you will be downloading a keystroke logging malware program that the identity thief who sent you the email will use to steal all of the information from your computer and make you a victim of identity theft.

TIPS

As legitimate as the email appears to be, what you do not see which is a tell-tale sign that this is a scam is that the email was not only addressed to me, but to thirteen other people whose email began with the same first name as mine.  If you click on “details” in the email heading you can see the other people to whom it was also sent.  Obviously this is a scam.  However, as I have often warned you, downloading attachments or clicking on links unless you are absolutely sure that they are legitimate is a dangerous practice because unwittingly you may be downloading keystroke logging malware.  If you did order something from Amazon or anyone else, you should confirm the invoice number with Amazon before considering downloading the invoice.