Warning as Amazon scammer asks customer to cancel orders to ‘save jobs’

An Amazon customer took to Reddit’s Mildly Infuriating forum to share a screenshot of an emotional message he allegedly received from a seller asking him to cancel his purchase.

The post, shared by u/imi0402 on Thursday, received more than 25,000 votes. A member of staff told him to cancel his order due to an error in the listed price, saying they could run into trouble with the company if he didn’t.

“It’s obvious I’m going to cancel it,” was the title of u/imi0402’s post.

Amazon delivery truck
Here, an Amazon Prime truck is stopped while a delivery driver is delivering an order. A Reddit user shared the message he allegedly received from an Amazon seller asking him to cancel his order.

However, many Reddit users suspected that the received message u/imi0402 was a scam.

According to Amazon, customers who receive suspicious messages should not open attachments or links. These emails may be spoofed to appear as if the message came from Amazon.

“If your email client uses branded indicators for message identification, you can see the Amazon logo to identify authentic emails from Amazon,” according to an article published by the company.

Recipients of these types of messages are encouraged to report them directly to Amazon.

The message u/imi0402 received informed him that they had received his order but there was an error in the advertised price.

“If you don’t cancel this order, I will have to pay for the loss and resign from the company,” the message read. “And this is a great loss and we cannot bear this loss, so I beg you with folded hands, please. Cancel the order by , and we will be grateful for your understanding.”

Redditor u/imi0402 shared another screenshot with news week in which the employee called again to ask him to cancel the order, otherwise he would have to quit his job.

He said the page is still active but the listing for the swing he was looking to buy was “unavailable”.

“This is the very first time I’ve experienced anything like this,” he wrote news week.

Other Reddit users were on high alert, with many suspecting it was a scam.

“Don’t cancel it,” advised one Redditor. “Have them cancel it so Amazon can investigate.”

“Very suspicious they would try to get you to quit if they can do it themselves,” said another Redditor.

One Reddit user said they ordered an item at the wrong price and assumed they would get a great deal, but the seller canceled the order without emailing them a cancellation request.

“I wouldn’t even reply to the email sent to you, I would forward it to Amazon and let them deal with it,” they wrote.

Some said the message appeared to be a scam because it was a message trying to appeal to u/imi0402’s emotions.

“Avoid doing what they ask you to do,” said one Redditor. “Treat it through official channels. Take a screenshot of everything.”

Redditor u/imi0402 said he spoke to an Amazon representative. After informing them of the message they received, Amazon canceled the order.

news week has reached out to Amazon for comment.

Other stories have gone viral on the Mildly Infuriating forums.

One man said he found a semi-hidden camera in the Airbnb where he was staying with his girlfriend, while another post included a restaurant’s policy saying customers who can’t afford it should tip , should stay at home.

A post was shared by an employee who said his company uses a “monitoring” tool to track productivity.

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Rick Schindler

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