First and foremost: DON’T SEND MONEY TO OVERSEAS SELLERS UNLESS YOU ARE USING THE TYPICAL AMAZON CHECKOUT PROCEDURE.
I can’t believe I am going to be this cliché, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Here’s my story
I shop for everything on Amazon. I absolutely love the way I can sit at my desk and order the stuff I need. I am one of their Prime members so I am able to get free shipping on nearly everything that I purchase there. Also, I am able to avoid the sales tax and shopping.
So, the other day, I was searching for a Nikon D3s, which is a $5,000 camera body. I found a “seller” who was selling it for about half of the normal price. Amazon wouldn’t let me checkout through their system, but rather had an email address (with a space instead of the dot) in the description.
I emailed them and asked about the camera and got a response with poor English. Even poorer than my South Carolina born accented English.
After telling them that I want the camera, I got an email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fortunately for me I search everything on Google before proceeding. When the email told me to wire money to Greece first, I was more than a bit suspicious.
Here is what I found that you may want to read so that you don’t make this mistake too.
Discussion on Amazon forum about scam – This has copies of the scam’s emails. I deleted the one sent to me accidentally.
Another discussion on Amazon about this scam – This one details some of the emails and tactics they use.