Don’t let your guard down, scams are still everywhere.
I recently posted my Sony DSC-T7 for sale on Amazon, hoping it will not be a scammers territory. Unfortunately I almost got scammed again, and they are much more sophisticated this time.
They first contacted me through Amazon. I have to admit my guard was down since the email address was clearly from Amazon.com. Below is the email:
Hello from Amazon.com.
A potential buyer has sent you the following message about an item you have for sale on Amazon.com, or about your store at Amazon.com. Please respond to the individual directly by replying to this e-mail. For your reference, the buyer’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Item: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7/B – Digital camera – 5.1 Mpix – optical zoom: 3 x – supported memory: MS Duo, MS PRO Duo – black [Electronics] [ASIN: B0009STEGY ]
Important Notice: Only ship to the address shown in your seller account. Do not honor buyer requests to ship orders to any address other than the one provided by Amazon.com. Do not accept any payment method other than Amazon Payments. Payment for the sale may be withheld if these guidelines are not followed.
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I will like purchase your camera for my husband’s son for $230.00,kindly advise back the present condition.
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Notice: Amazon.com may retain copies of all forwarded e-mails, and takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for the content of any messages forwarded to you.
Amazon.com will never e-mail you and ask you to disclose or verify your Amazon.com password, credit card, or banking account number. If you receive a suspicious e-mail with a link to update your account information, do not click on the link–instead report the e-mail to Amazon.com for investigation. Go to amazon.com/phish to find out more.
I replied to her with my personal email address, thinking this will actually lead to a successful sale. Through our email exchange, she indicated that she is buying the camera as a birthday gift for her boyfriend’s son and will like that to be shipped immediately so she can get it in a week. I subsequently received an email from what appears to be a standard Amazon email with her payment information and shipping address.
I was quite convinced by the email until I saw that she wants this shipped to Nigeria. I then went on the internet and search for Amazon scams and realized that a lot of people received the same type of email. Gmail usually hides the email address, but when I click on Show Details, the email address is actually not Amazon but this: email@example.com. Nice try.