Three Scams to Avoid on Amazon

Published: March 5, 2018, 4:02 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2018, 4:02 p.m.
Amazon Scam Warning

Businesses with trademarks, copyrights and patents can use Amazon's Brand Registry to protect themselves against other sellers using these and shipping a knock-off (or not shipping at all). We also share two other scams directed at Amazon buyers. 

Whether you are a Seller or a Buyer on Amazon, there are steps you need to take to prevent being scammed.

Sellers with a trademark, copyright or patent: The scam: Other sellers use your proprietary name and pictures and then substitute a copycat or never ship at all. The solution: Register with Amazon Brand Registry to protect yourself from others using your intellectual property. This system has an easy-to-use search to find others who are using your brand to sell copycat products. You can then easily report them to Amazon, saving yourself a lot of headache and legal expenses.

Amazon Brand Registry

Buyers who are asked to pay using an Amazon Gift Card: The scam: The seller gets the redemption code for your gift card and never ships the product. The solution: Only redeem your Amazon Gift Card using your online Amazon account.

View video on Amazon Gift Cards

Buyer choosing the "Best Deal": The scam: The seller pockets your money, never ships, and closes their Amazon account. The solution: Before purchasing, look for:
  • Just Launched Status

    If it has the lowest price, it may be a scam.
  • Long delivery times

    A long delivery time is often a way for the seller to collect your money and disappear before any bad customer ratings are reported.

If you receive an email from Amazon, do not enter any personal or account information unless you have logged onto your Amazon account. If you have questions or concerns, call Amazon customer service.