Before going ahead with the purchase, she wanted to make sure the gift cards were the way to go, so she clicked on the “contact” button within an email.
The person at the other end – which we now know was a scammer and not a real Amazon employee – confirmed the gift cards were the proper form of payment.
So she bought the cards, completed the invoice and then sent the PIN numbers, she said.
Days passed and the seller vanished, removing the item from the Amazon site and not responding to emails.
Clary contacted Amazon – the real Amazon this time – and she learned she’d been scammed. The money was already taken off the Amazon gift cards she purchased, she said she was told, and Amazon said there was nothing it could do.
“I am absolutely sick about this,” she said.