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Avoiding Payment Scams

Protect yourself from fraud on the Internet by identifying and avoiding internet scams and phishing attempts.

When in doubt, ask the intended recipient for more information about the purpose and safety of the requested payment. Do not send the payment until you are comfortable with the transaction. To avoid payment scams:

  • Do not do business with a seller that directs you off Amazon. A legitimate seller transaction will never occur off Amazon. For more information on gift card scams, see Common Gift Card Scams.
  • Do not send money--by cash, wire transfer, Western Union, PayPal, MoneyGram or other means, including by Amazon Payments--to a seller who claims that Amazon or Amazon Payments will guarantee the transaction, refund your funds if you are not satisfied with the purchase, or hold your funds in escrow.
  • Do not make a payment to claim lottery or prize winnings, or on a promise of receiving a large amount of money.
  • Do not make a payment because you are "guaranteed" a credit card or loan.
  • Do not respond to an Internet or phone offer that you aren't sure is honest.
  • Do not make a payment to someone you don't know or whose identity you can't verify.
  • Do not respond to emails that ask you to provide account information, such as your e-mail address and password combination. Amazon will never ask you for personal information. To learn more, see About Identifying Whether an E-mail is from Amazon.

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