So my sister was looking for an iPhone for her boyfriend as a birthday gift and decided to check out gumtree and so she found one for $400 she emailed the person asking if it was still available because it was within her price range and she got an email back saying that the phone was still available. So this person sends her an amazon invoice with details of the phone and a “customer and reference number” and tells her that she has to pay through western union. The seller told my sister that the money will be paid to “amazon” and amazon will hold the money until my sister gets the phone. Once my sister has received the phone and she is happy with it then amazon will release the funds to the seller. If my sister isn’t happy with the phone then she sends it back and amazon will return back to the money to my sister. So my sister came to me with an amazon invoice sent by email and she wanted to check if it was legit because I’m a regular shopper on amazon. I found it really strange that the payment had to be made by western union because I’ve never paid through western union so I emailed amazon on their actual website and I quoted the order number that was on the “amazon invoice” turns out it was a scam. I got an email back from amazon saying that it was a complete scam and that they have had a few people with the same problem. The seller emailed my sister to see if she got the invoice and so I replied back to them with colourful language and I’ve never heard back from them. I also reported the ad and had it removed from gumtree I’m so glad my sister came to me because she was minutes away from walking down to a western union.
Posted by trishoet, 24th June 2014