The Most Common Amazon Scams and How To Avoid Them

Amazon is an excellent place to purchase products at a discount - but beware of these frauds before clicking all "buy" buttons, or before you engage with Amazon scammers.
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Amazon threats continue to grow; new Amazon scams emerge on a daily basis. To trick customers into giving their details, Amazon scammers often use social engineering methods.

They may try to pretend to be Amazon representatives, or they might target you with tempting offers that you won’t believe. They will ask you to give your credit card information and money or, in certain cases, to make a purchase. You can also read about facebook scams and ways to avoid them.

Some of the most common Amazon scams are listed here.


1. Unauthorized Purchase Scam

In this situation, a consumer will get a phishing email or phone call informing them that an expensive purchase was made using their account without their knowledge. The email typically includes a bogus Amazon website link or a contact number for questions about the transaction.

Cybercriminals posing as Amazon staff will ask for consumers’ credit card information when they visit a link or dial a number, saying that doing so will stop the transaction and cancel the purchase. Of course, they will quickly empty your bank account if you reveal your information.

2. Fake Tech Support

Such fake tech support representatives can call users directly or invite them to get in touch with them by sending a fake email that claims there is an issue with the client’s account. Then, in order to resolve the problem, they can convince people to install malicious apps or software.

3. Gift Card

This is one of the most common Amazon Scams. When scammers get customers to purchase Amazon gift cards and reveal their card information, it is referred to as a gift card scam. The gift coupons can then be promptly redeemed by scammers. The buyer can no longer use the numbers because they are unique.

They can come up with a number of scenarios to convince you to purchase the cards. Scammers may pose as your family members or coworkers and claim they’ve lost their wallets and need to make an urgent Amazon buy. Additionally, they can claim that you or a member of your family is in need of financial assistance in the form of gift cards. Other times, online fraudsters may create fictitious fundraising efforts that accept donations in the form of gift cards.

4. Malicious links

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This one typically takes the form of an SMS message or email. It may appear to be an entirely real message from Amazon and will ask you to join in to your account by clicking on a link in order to resolve a problem. You just revealed your Amazon login information, yet the website you’re logging into is run by hackers. This is one of the old Amazon scams.

5. Job Offer Amazon Scams

Amazon pays its employees well (and works them hard), so landing a job for a person who places a premium on salary is a pretty big deal. Amazon job scammers take advantage of the desire for Amazon jobs by creating fake job adverts or calling prospective candidates and making them job offers. What is the scam’s catch?

The scammer would typically want a credit card number, bank account information, or even an Amazon gift card in exchange for an upfront processing or finder’s fee.

6. Payment Scams

Payment fraud is typically pretty simple: scammers try to convince you to pay for your purchases outside of Amazon’s secure network. If you pay them via a wire transfer, PayPal, Money Gram, or Western Union, they will often give you discounts or extras.

However, if you believe their assurances, neither your money nor the products you ordered will be delivered. Most likely, such sellers will delete their accounts shortly after. Amazon will also be of little use to you because the payment was made outside of their platform.

7. Failed Delivery Scam

This online fraud is extremely old and targets genuine sellers. It’s a rather simple scenario: a customer requests a refund after complaining that they didn’t receive an order when, in fact, they did. The solution is as simple as employing track-and-trace postage to remedy this problem. No item can be delivered without the recipient signing; this is what it means.


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How To Avoid Amazon Scams

How To Avoid Amazon Scams

Here are few useful tips which will help you to avoid Amazon Scams

  • Never pay outside of the Amazon system
  • Don’t click on suspicious links. Log in to Amazon to verify the information. You didn’t place the order if it isn’t listed there.
  • Never give any credentials or personal information to anyone claiming to represent Amazon.
  • When selling anything, always use track-and trace postage
  • Amazon will always double-check any email or message that raises doubts with its legitimate representatives if it is sent to them.
  • NordVPN is a great way to avoid falling for malicious websites. NordVPN’s Threat Protection feature monitors a list of sites that have been known to host malware. NordVPN will stop you from accessing dangerous pages if it finds that you are trying to visit them.

If You have become Victim of Amazon Scams

The first thing you should do if you come across Amazon scams or are the victim of one is to report it right away to Amazon. Immediately stop communicating with a criminal as well.

You should immediately get in touch with your local law enforcement agencies if a fraud occurs outside of Amazon’s system and there is no way to stop it.

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Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy is an Ecommerce Consultant & Dropshipping Trainer at eComWiser California. He has 12 years of experience in Ecommerce industry. He likes to write articles about dropshipping, ecommerce and online business.

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