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How To Steer Clear Of Amazon Scams And Fraudsters


E commerce has made it easier for people around the globe to trade with one another. However, it has also made it easier for fraudsters and con people to deceive people and get away with their hard earned money or products. For most Amazon account owners, there is need to be extremely careful with all transactions in order to avoid falling into the traps of conman or fraudsters. But how can you do this? What are the characteristics of fraudulent listings and Amazon scams? What role can you play in ensuring that these con people are eliminated?

Unbelievable discounts

Before you make any purchase, it is essential to compare the prices offered by different merchants such that you can determine the market price of the product in question accurately. A merchant whose selling price is way below the prevailing market price is highly likely to be a con person. This is worse if the account seems relatively new. You had rather pay the market price and receive your products than pay a lower amount and then risk losing your money. Such accounts should be reported for investigation.

When the reviews are too good, think twice

Fraudulent accounts on Amazon tend to have excellent reviews and no complaints. These reviews are usually not genuine and are geared towards piquing your interest in the products on display. You should only trust reviews from accounts or people who have a verified purchase tag. Do not buy a product blindly just because it has excellent reviews. You should also ensure that you carry out your own research about the merchant, how long they have been on amazon, what their sale history has been and so on before you take any action.

Fake reviews tend to exaggerate details, have a lot of verbs, adjectives, adverbs and the key word phrases are repeated several times. Fake reviews may also contain several mentions of a family member such a spouse and are usually in first person. There are online tools that could assist you in analyzing these reviews in order to determine whether they are genuine or fake. Accounts with fake reviews should be reported in order for strict action to be taken such as suspension. Amazon suspended accounts could save a lot of people, the anguish of constantly being scammed.

Track and trace delivery systems

If you are a merchant on Amazon, it is important to ensure that you can track the movement of any package sent, especially when you are dealing with expensive products, in order to ensure that the buyer actually received the product. This minimizes fraudulent claims that the buyer did not get the products and subsequently prevents fraudulent refunds. There are numerous organisations that offer delivery systems where you can track the parcel in real time on their website through a unique number provided when the package is picked up for dispatch. They may be more expensive but the risk of getting conned is too high to take your chances.

The replace and return scam

In this scam, a buyer may order a product and then replace it with a faulty one which is then returned to the seller. In order to avoid this scam, it is essential to have unique identification codes for all products such as bar codes or serial numbers and these should be engraved in the product in such a way that it cannot be interfered with unnoticeable. These numbers should then be input in all receipts and correspondences such that the buyer is aware that there are unique codes in use. The code on the returned products must match that of the products that was dispatched for the return to be valid.

Phishing scams and identity theft

These may face both sellers and buyers where suspicious links and request are made by an individual who may be impersonating a reputable organisation. For example, one may create an email that resembles the official amazon email addresses and use it to gather such information as passwords to accounts, credit card information and bank details. These are then used for identity theft purposes.

In order to avoid such scams, it is essential to avoid sharing personal information with unverified people, avoid clicking on suspicious links that show up in your email or messages, avoid saving your payment details in your phone or computer and to ensure that you change your passwords on a regular basis. If the grammar used in an email or message is incorrect, if the email or message has so many spelling mistakes and if they sound unnecessarily urgent, think twice before you reveal any information.

Avoiding being scammed takes a keen eye, knowledge of the prevailing scams, identification of suspicious activity and reporting these accounts so that they can be suspended for good. You may need to brush up your knowledge from time to time in order to ensure that you are up to date with the skills required to wade off these fraudsters. You can also educate your family members on these scams so that they do not fall victims too.