How not to get scammed on Amazon

How not to get scammed on Amazon

You can avoid being Scammed on Amazon

For many Amazon users, there has been a moment where hands are in hair and the thought “have I been scammed on Amazon??” is running through their mind. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of common Amazon scams and how to avoid them.


Scams have been around since the dawn of time. Just ask the cuckoo bird, who lay their eggs in another birds nest so that another bird feeds the chick. Every day a more ingenious scam or loophole is discovered and taken full advantage of so it’s essential to take steps to protect your business as every conned sale is a real one lost.


Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably IS.



Online scams are well heard of and widely understood and the term phishing crops up a lot too. Phishing is when someone pretends to be a trusted organisation like Amazon and attempts to get personal information from you so that they can steal your money or even your identity. Phishing scams are very common and identity theft is at the highest level ever, with more sophisticated methods of extracting personal data being dreamed up constantly. So, even if you are up to scratch on phishing scams, it’s always worth reading up on regularly to prevent your business falling for a complex scam.

Most commonly is links in phishing e-mails, which contain and activate malicious viruses that capture passwords and private information from the devices being used. Read more about this in the e-mail scams section.

sellers scammed on amazonThe Failed Delivery Scam

This scam is as old as ecommerce itself and occurs very frequently. A buyer will purchase an item online and say that it didn’t arrive and claim either a refund or replacement. Of course in some instances this may be true, but it’s important to take precautions to preventing it happening to you and effecting your feedback and metrics.

When shipping expensive items to a buyer send it via track and trace postage, which will protect you in disputes by verifying whether and when the order was delivered. It also means that no item can be delivered without a signature upon receiving the product.

The Replace and Refund Scam

The scam is exactly how it sounds: sellers will post a product to the buyer, who then replaces the item with a damaged one and then asks for a refund. This scam is most prevalent in the used games and CDs sector.

Scammers order a game and when it is delivered swap it for a scratched or broken one, then return it because it doesn’t work. This is a tricky one as it is impossible to prove that the product was working before you sent it – short of going to the extreme lengths of recording yourself playing and posting it. Even photos are dubious evidence as the photo might not be legitimate.

This scam can however be countered by performing a quality test, then attaching a tamper-proof sticker. The stickers are designed so that if someone attempts to remove it from the product, it will tear. They can be bought in bulk online, very cheaply and are a good indicator if the product is the one you dispatched. Include in the item description that you have quality tested the product and it has a sticker warranty, to further dissuade potential scammers.

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E-mail Scams

Avoid amazon scammersThese are the most basic, but also the most effective. Never, repeat NEVER, dispatch an item to a buyer unless it appears in Your Orders. If an order is not in your order list, delete the e-mail and do not respond to it, scammers invent orders they say have occurred and ask for information about payment and shipping details to lure sellers into giving out information. Similarly, if you receive an e-mail you are unsure of and it has an attachment, delete the e-mail and do not open the attachment.

Amazon will never ask for your personal details and will not list a customers’ e-mail address or shipping address, so don’t be fooled by an authentic-looking address. An important one to remember is that Amazon will never ask you to log in via an e-mail so even if it looks legitimate, only logging in directly on Amazon will guarantee your account remains safe.

A common misconception is that if you can see the senders’ e-mail address, it must be genuine. This is not the case as all e-mails from buyers are displayed in your seller central account, so ignore all messages sent from non-Amazon e-mails.

Bad punctuation, spelling and grammar is an indicator that the e-mail is not from Amazon but of course some internet scammers are more sophisticated than others, so don’t go by this alone. If you’re not sure, just contact Amazon Support and they will be able to verify any messages to your account.

Be very cautious about links sent to you for payment, Amazon payments are always hosted on one of these domains:

If you are unsure of the link, do not click it. If you did click through from a spoofed or suspicious email and you entered your Amazon Payments account information, you should change your password immediately. If you entered in bank account details, contact your bank immediately.

What to do if you think you have been scammed

Contact Amazon straight away if you suspect you have been scammed. They do have some loss protection safe guards in place, but these are widely renowned for favouring the buyer, if it comes to your word versus theirs. You are also not protected on any transactions which occur outside Amazon’s platforms, so it’s a good idea to perform all transactions and messages within your seller account.

If you suspect you have been scammed do not respond to any messages.

Avoid confusion by achieving a single view

When you receive customer messages from multiple channels, your webstore and social media, the potential for confusion increases. Scammers rely on causing confusion and they’ll cash in if you’re not on the ball. Speed and accuracy are vital when it comes to managing customer support and avoiding fraud.

XSellco Fusion is the leading eCommerce help desk for multichannel sellers. It centralizes all customer support activity from multiple channels into one convenient and powerful dashboard. Fusion threads sales orders and all customer messages together, instantly categorizing queries so you can deal with the most important ones first.

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Josie Grant

Josie is Head of Partnerships at XSellco, a rapidly growing SaaS company that provides solutions to the eCommerce community. Having also previously worked as Head of Customer Success, Josie provides sellers with proven, practical tips on Amazon repricing, multichannel customer support and feedback maximisation.

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  • P Skeet

    The scam i have been conned by Seems to work in parallel with the origInal site –
    My gas cooker packed up before christmas, so i decided to give amazon a go. I entEred the dEtails of the Zanussi cooker i wanted, and the item APPEARED, at a standard price, and below the standard quoted price, an option for the item from other suppliers, some at the same price, and one or two at a lower price. (I have seen this before when buying other products, so nothing seemed out of place). I clicked on the item shown from a company called express stores, showing at the price of £370. Since the std. price was £540, this wAsa good buy, so i clicked on the Item and started the buy prOcess, but then sent an email to the supplier, asking what the expected delivery charge would be, as it appearedo to be a company located in germanY. I also asked for their assurance as to payment secuRity. They replaied saying that once i had received an order acknowledgement from amazon, to make the payment through the AMAZON international payments section on the form, aMazon secures the payment until the buyer receiVes the item it said, make your payment to ref ———- and then gave The international bank account data.

    I paid the Sum of £379, and confirmed this had Been done, to Express stores, in another email. The amazon order acknowledgement form stated an order refe. NO, of 315-5289920-8898001. I waited a day or so from my purchase date of 14.12.16, but heard nothing in the way of a delivery date/eta, or method of despatch, so decided to interrogate aamazon. When i applied the order ref no, given, it revealed that no suCh nUmber existed. I went back into the amazon Page for the model of cooker, and surprise surprise, All reference to EXPRESS stores was gone.

    I tried a direct contact with amazon, but you cant get hold of a person. Its a faceless entitY. It tried an enquiry via their normal channel, but it merely referes you to their standard enquiry page, which asks you for an order ref no. Which didnt exist – as already mentioned. I left a emails for their customer SERVICES dept. viA an email enquiry and have only RECEIVED a single response SUGGESTING they will look into it, but have heard NOTHING sInce of course.

    The page i first went into was all looked legit.

    The order acknowledgement came back from an email from The reason for the cheaper price was APPARENTLY LIQUIDATED stock.

    I guess i should have double checked the order ref nUmber before making the payment, or got the full address of the supplier, but it all looked legit enough at the time. Just goes to show how wrong you can be!