I got scammed on Amazon by a third-party seller.
This is not a typical blog post I would normally publish, but from time to time, I will go off topic.
I believe sharing my experiences can help someone and secondly, I love writing.
During those times when I want to scream, I just bang it out on the keyboard. Here’s what happened.
Ordering through the Used Link on Amazon
I noticed the great offers in the used section and was reluctant to buy, but I followed the seller’s instructions and sent an email to the seller. The seller had just added a new account, which made me a little suspicious.
I never thought in a million years that I would be scammed on Amazon. I trusted Amazon, but due to other reasons and being scammed on Amazon, I don’t trust Amazon anymore.
Paying for the Camera
The seller requested my mailing address so he/she could place the order for me. A red flag went up, but I just could not let such a good deal get away.
I sent the seller my mailing address and received an order confirmation from Amazon. The order confirmation from Amazon looked like an official email from Amazon; logo and everything. But the email was not from the official Amazon business it was fake.
I asked the seller why couldn’t I pay through Amazon’s website. The seller told me that his/her payment system was not set up and if I clicked on the buy button on Amazon it would be empty.
Since I had never done anything like this, I thought it was legit.
Amazon (fake) told me to take a photo of the front and back of the One Vanilla Card (pre-paid visa), and my receipt. I also had to type the One Vanilla Card number and expiration date in my email message that I sent back to Amazon (fake).
Realized it was All a Scam
I sent Amazon (fake) the One Vanilla Card payment information. I received an email telling me when my order would arrive. They (Amazon) also said seller would not get paid until I have received my order.
The above sounds so fishy, because you pay first for an item and then it gets shipped. No company holds money and waits for you to receive the item.
I emailed the seller and asked when I could expect my order because the date of arrival was late. I never got a response. After getting no response from the seller, I did some investigating. The results from my investigation confirmed my suspicions.
I sent the real Amazon the spoof emails files twice. Both times I received an automated response (they are investigating it) from Amazon. I have not received any follow-up emails from Amazon about the investigation and I don’t expect I ever will.
There are a lot of people who have gotten scammed on Amazon and it has been extremely high this year. I read this somewhere online and had to share that with you.
Here’s what I learned:
- if something is too good to be true, then it probably is
- shop more at brick and mortar stores
- to decrease my online shopping (it’s almost non-existent)
- to listen to my gut.
I hope this post helps you avoid getting scammed online. That was my first and last time being scammed online.
If you don’t take anything from this post, I want you to take away this point: “When you have doubts about something, no matter what it is, listen to your gut. The gut knows.”
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