A Wonderful Offer

By Jabo
@jaboUK (64956)
United Kingdom
February 17, 2021 10:22am CST
I got a wonderful offer from Amazon - fill in a survey then claim a reward. So I did the survey, just the usual questions - did the parcels arrive on time etc, then saw what the offers were. Any top quality smartphone (worth hundreds of pounds) for just a pound! Wow. It seemed too good to be true but I figured that they have made so much money over the pandemic so they wanted to share a bit with their customers. I started to fill in my bank details for the £1 but then something clicked in my brain. What's that saying? If it seems too good to be true, then it most likely IS. I went back to the start and the Amazon logo was there, and there were reviews from people saying how delighted they were with their phones. But something didn't seem quite right. So I went to the Amazon website and searched for scams - there are so many you wouldn't believe. Anyway, the gist of it was that if it doesn't have amazon.com somewhere in the address the email came from, it's not from them. The offer I had came from '.WinnerAlert/.. <9vE1bEtl4gh@belongkhagava.co.uk>'. So it was a scam and I'd had a lucky escape - they would have emptied my bank account by now. Whew.
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47 responses
@Tampa_girl7 (47670)
• United States
17 Feb 21
Thank goodness you caught it .
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
Yes, they almost had me!
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@marlina (143944)
• Canada
17 Feb 21
Yes, thanks goodness
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@myklj999 (62969)
• Olney, Illinois
17 Feb 21
Yep. Always check the address on emails and always look at the URL in a website. Lots of scams look REALLY real these days.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
I'll be sure to do that in the future now I know what to look for. I've just had another similar one supposedly from Currys PC World - I wonder if it's because I looked at smartphones online?
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@marlina (143944)
• Canada
17 Feb 21
Scary world out there
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 21
As you are in the UK at most you should have received a mail from Amazon.co.uk... Amazon.com asks to be paid in "dollars" not British Pounds.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
Yes I use amazon.com.uk. and pay in pounds. I was just stating what I gleaned from their website - that it must have amazon.com in the email address. In my case it would have the 'uk' added too.
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 21
@jaboUK I am ordering from Amazon since 2002 and they never offered a reward for reviewing a product I bought or for a survey. I often find emails pretending that "they cannot deliver my Amazon package...", they try.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
@LadyDuck I've only been using Amazon for about a year, so didn't know it was unusual for them to give rewards. I know now.
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@vandana7 (90206)
• India
17 Feb 21
Lots of scammers out there..right now. Including job offers.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
Job offers too? I didn't know about that, but you're right there are lots of scammers about.
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@vandana7 (90206)
• India
17 Feb 21
@jaboUK Yes. They are asking a lot of details and resorting to identity theft.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
@vandana7 Oh my goodness!
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@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Feb 21
Oh my - well I'm glad you didn't go forth with it - that was most certainly a scam !
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
It never crossed my mind that there was anything wrong until I started to put in my bank details. I was lucky and I certainly won't get caught again, learned my lesson.
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@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Feb 21
@jaboUK These scams are often well crafted - I feel bad for the folks who actually fall victim to them !
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
@much2say They are very clever - in this case they even put fake reviews on it. One said that she was sceptical at first but her phone arrived within a couple of days and she was very happy.
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@sharon6345 (312396)
• United States
17 Feb 21
I ignore those to the fullest of my ability. I filled out one and gave my account info. MY bank blocked it and canceled the order as well as contact me.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
You can be sure I'll be ignoring things like this from now on.
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@sharon6345 (312396)
• United States
17 Feb 21
@jaboUK it might glitter but that still could be junk. Good decision.
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
17 Feb 21
I'm so glad you realized that. I receive them after I order from Amazon, but delete them immediately without opening them.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
I'll be doing the same as you in the future.
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
17 Feb 21
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@sunrisefan (28727)
• Philippines
17 Feb 21
Good thing you discovered the scam early.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
Too true, I was very lucky.
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@sunrisefan (28727)
• Philippines
17 Feb 21
@jaboUK Indeed!
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@CarolDM (182010)
• United States
17 Feb 21
This is why I don't do any surveys. Glad you caught this one.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
I don't usually do surveys either - can't be bothered. But this one enticed me in with an 'exciting offer' if I did it.
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@CarolDM (182010)
• United States
17 Feb 21
@jaboUK They know how to pull you in for sure.
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@just4him (265356)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Feb 21
That's good you caught it before you filled everything in.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
I think my subconscious kicked in and said - whoa!
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@just4him (265356)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Feb 21
@jaboUK I'm sure it did.
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@thelme55 (75009)
• Germany
17 Feb 21
OH my goodness! I am glad you discontinued filing up the form online. You have a guardian angel.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
Yes I think he/she prodded me at just the right time
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• Preston, England
17 Feb 21
glad you realized in time
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
So am I, or I would be considerably poorer by now.
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@hostessman (11900)
• Tucson, Arizona
17 Feb 21
good for you JABO there are so many scams out there it unbeliveable
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
You're right there - scammers are everywhere. We have to be so vigilant.
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@Elizaby (7031)
• Pensacola, Florida
17 Feb 21
Glad you caught it. I always check the address on things like that that are sent and if it is not directly from the company that offer immediately goes to trash.I dont hit any links on emails till after I check to see where it is coming from,
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
I will do the same as you in the future. This is the first scamming email that I've had, though I've had plenty of scam phone calls.
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@snowy22315 (135529)
• United States
17 Feb 21
That is good you saw it. I have gotten things like that in my inbox too.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
I've not had anything like this before though I've had phone calls telling me my Amazon Prime has expired. I don't even have Amazon Prime.
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@xFiacre (10477)
• Ireland
17 Feb 21
@Jabouk They just keep coming. I keep getting phoned by the National Insurance Office telling me my national insurance number has been compromised and that I should contact them immediately! I tell them to put it in writing.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
They do keep on finding new ways to scam us, don't they? I've had the one telling me there's been a £600 withdrawal from my account and if it wasn't me to press the button. Of course if I did that they would try to get my bank details.
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@Dena91 (17714)
• United States
17 Feb 21
Glad that you caught it before giving out your information
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
So am I! I'll bet they catch a few people though, it looked so genuine.
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@marlina (143944)
• Canada
17 Feb 21
So good that you figured it out, and thanks for sharing this with us here at MyLot.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
Perhaps it may stop someone else being fooled?
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@NJChicaa (106570)
• United States
17 Feb 21
Glad you figured it out!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 21
I was lucky that something pinged in my brain - other people may not be so lucky.
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@nela13 (49896)
• Portugal
18 Feb 21
I am glad you did the research, there are always people trying to scam us.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 21
Yes scams are all over the place, we have to be so careful.
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@nela13 (49896)
• Portugal
22 Feb 21
@jaboUK and sometimes it is almost impossible to notice that it is a scam.
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