Thursday, October 6, 2022

Amazon closes over 13,000 Pakistani accounts due to fraud

Amazon closes more than 13,000 seller accounts from Pakistan due to nervousness about fraud, according to reports. Small business owners choosing to become Amazon Sellers is a trend that is growing steadily over the past few years. This is due to the government’s support of Pakistan Post’s many programs to promote the cottage industry and improve the country’s exports.

Who knows about the situation that Amazon closes around 13,500 accounts belonging to Pakistani merchants?

Fraudulent sellers are making Mian Chanuu and Sahiwal in Punjab into “fake red zones.” It looks like Amazon has also blocked IP addresses from Mian Channu, so people from those places now access their accounts from Dubai or through the laptops of other customers.

Details show that vendors use a variety of fraud schemes, including the kabootar (pigeon trick), rickshaw trick, carding, and filing.

Kabooter’s Skill at Con Artistry

Fake Amazon sellers may employ Kabootar, or phony tracking when a buyer makes an order. Two websites offer fake tracking services.

Even though Amazon usually credits sellers within 14 days. Many merchants may take as long as 14–20 days to process payments and let buyers know when their order is to arrive. After 14 days, if the buyer has no reason to dispute the transaction and instead chooses to trust the seller, Amazon will send the money to the seller. Customers never get their purchases, but the scammers keep the cash. This Kabootar scam seems to bring in hundreds of dollars for sellers.

Carding

Most people who sign up for an account on a dark website do carding. People buy hacked cards from these sites for $100 to $200. The cards have full information, like the card number, expiration date, and Card Verification Value (CVV).

These sellers use these cards to buy prepaid gift cards and then sell those. In this manner, they can escape getting caught by the authorities.

Filing

Sellers can also “file” orders on multiple Amazon accounts, then buy the item(s) from one account and send them to the original, honest buyer. They make these secondary accounts on Sam’s Club, Walmart, and other sites, then buy the things that Amazon customers have bought and use the buyers’ shipping addresses.

Because the same person receives packages from both Amazon and Sam’s Club, the employees at Sam’s Club can help Amazon customers get their money back for all of the delivered goods. Money from the buyer and the refund from the second seller are both given to the fraudulent seller.

Fraudulent sales tactics in the United States

Some vendors are also using information about U.S.-based companies that is available to the public. For example, they might buy Amazon Business Prime and then use the company’s information to make purchases on behalf of Amazon customers by looking up the company’s details on Google.

But this only applies to sales made on Amazon to other Amazon customers through the drop shipping service. The vendor will choose a director’s name, set up an email address, and sign up for Amazon Business Prime. After that, the seller uses the company’s EIN to reduce tax on purchases.

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The business is responsible for paying any sales tax that was due but never collected. Also, according to Amazon’s rules, business customers have the right to a one-month trial period with no risk. These Amazon Prime accounts are used by sellers for exactly 29 days until they are canceled and replaced with new ones on the day the deduction is made.

Eighty thousand Pakistanis, second only to China, have signed up to be Amazon Sellers.

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