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Has anyone ever encountered a Craigslist scam that involves payment through Amazon payments? I responded to a Craigslist ad and the scammer sent me information about an invoice through Amazon Payments. They wanted me to send them Amazon gift cards to pay for the car. Does anyone have any information or experience with this scam? Please help!
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Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:52 am
Happens quite a bit to the degree of scammers falsely trying to sell a vehicle and get payment through digital systems that are hard to track. I thought Craigslist was supposed to be local buying and selling anyway so why not go take a look at the merchandise before throwing money down?
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Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:24 am
There have been a number of different cases where scammers ask their victim to pay using amazon gift cards -- this is not just true of craigslist sellers but is more widespread: such gift cards are effectively an untraceable and anonymous form of payment. The "Amazon Payments" invoice (faked) is typically used to make this mode of payment seem more official.
If you'd like more advice in particular about this scam, or if you have been scammed yourself in this manner, I suggest you visit our sister site scamwarners.com -- The victim support team there are highly experienced in assisting victims, as well as helping to protect potential victims by publicising these scams as much as possible.
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