Nikon D700 for £800 Amazon Scam
I have posted this in a number of discussion boards, but though it would make sense alongside this specific product! :)
For those that have been a victim of fraud and have lost money I strongly suggest you not only report the problem to amazon via email@example.com but I advise that you submit a fraud report as soon as possible: http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/ you can also call them directly on 0300 123 2040. If you have shared personal details, you should also contact your local police force to explain the problem, some scammers will use your personal details in order to conduct identity theft and further crime. Also, be on the lookout for further scams via email and phone as the scammer will often have your email address and telephone number and will typically sell it to underground networks. It is usually good practice to set up a new email address and telephone number when you realised you have been scammed.
To reduce your chance of becoming a victim, please always consider the following:
1. If it's too good to be true it often is! Most transactions that happen outside Amazon's payment process e.g. via Western Union, Moneygram etc. is likely to be a fraud. Even if a seller has immaculate feedback and they take the time to explain why they can offer the item at such a good price, ask yourself, 'Is £200 really worth saving, when you have £1,000 at stake!' Remember discounted prices, extended warranty, brand new 'ex-display' products have no value if you do not receive them.
2. Always, always, always report suspicious activity, if necessary get a second opinion but do not leave it for someone else to report. Together the faster you act and the faster we all act, the faster the criminal will be brought to justice preventing further victims.
3. If you do receive a request for payment via email, the design of the email will often look like it originates from the company, in this instance Amazon but it does not. There are a number of ways that you can tell:
a) First of all, check the sender's email address there are two parts i) The Display Name, this can be easily faked such as 'Amazon.co.uk' ii) The actual email address the important bit is the domain itself. Take for example the domain firstname.lastname@example.org while on review the securepayamazon.com looks legitimate the site will often be fake even a DNS lookup reports to be valid securepayamazon.com but investigate the site and question everything.
b) Turn off HTML emails and view the message as plain text, suspicious links stand out this way.
c) Check the customer support email address. For example email@example.com looks legitimate, it is simply an email address, set-up by the fraudster and not associated with the company. Check out other links and compare the email to a legitimate Amazon email, you will be surprised at just how many subtle discrepancies there are.
d) Take a look at the shipping address and payment address details, if these are different then that often raises suspicion, question why.
e) Google the shipping and payment address details, does it look suspicious, does the address even look like a business?
f) Google the information that you have found for example email address, domain names etc. see what information you can find. For example a quick google for firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com show that this is a scammer trying to scam you. Sometimes the source looks legitimate e.g. AltraSwim Ltd and ArtiFolk were both selling a Nikon D700 camera via their Amazon store so either these businesses are acting illegitimately, their Amazon account has been hijacked or the criminal is name squatting i.e. using the name of a legitimate company that the criminal has set up as the legitimate business does not have an Amazon account! Having spoken to Artifolk on Monday 16th January 2012, they confirm that they are aware of this scamming problem and that it had nothing to do with them and they did not want to comment any further.
g) Post a comment here and find out if other users have experienced similar problems.
h) Above all, use common sense. If it's too good to be true it often is. Take no chances, protect others and move on.
THE AMAZON NIKON D700 SCAM: FOR THOSE INTERESTED THIS MIGHT HIGHLIGHT HOW THE SCAMMER OPERATES
A) You see a bargain item listed on Amazon, in this case a Nikon D700 for £800, these cameras typically retail for approx. £1,200-£1,600 second hand so it attracts a lot of interest.
B) You try and place the order but you will receive the following system error message:
We're sorry. This item can't be shipped to your selected destination. You may either change the shipping address or delete the item from your order by changing its quantity to 0 and clicking the update button below
C) You send an email to the scammer
D) The scammer emails you back a generic reply, note none of your specific questions will have been answered, you're not even addressed formally.
The Nikon D700 Digital SLR Camera Body Only is new, UK model (it's an displayed model, not used and is as good as new it just had to be listed as 'used' as the box has been opened. The camera is in new condition, only exposed, not used), comes with 12 months Nikon warranty, receipt, all manufacturer supplied accessories. The total price is £800.00 including all shipping taxes.If you are wondering why the price is lower than the usual,it is because we have some promotional prices before holidays. If you want to buy send me your phone number,full name and address and i will contact Amazon asap to process your order. Despatch is by normal Royal Mail services which takes 1-3 days depending on where in the UK you are.My return policy is full money back in 14 days.
Please let me know asap.
E) You reply to the scammer's email asking to proceed. Again any specific questions you ask will go unanswered.
F) The listing of the item will be removed as soon as you have registered an interest. This enables the scam to continue a) you are under the impression the scammer has removed the item because they are going to sell it to you b) the scammer removes the item in order not to attract too much attention from Amazon
F) You will receive an HTML looking like it has originated from Amazon. The majority of links (not all) point to the scammers websites or email addresses 'dressed-up' to look like official domains.
G) You arrange payment via Western Union or some other third party and when you have sent money to someone in Italy, you can kiss it goodbye; you will be lucky enough to receive another email from the scammer let alone your actual order.
H) Follow up emails will either be ignored or your email blacklisted so all your emails end in the trash or auto-deleted enabling the scammer to concentrate all their energies on their next victim.