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Old 03-12-2019, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Iíve read several news stories about this. Some people think this is a scam to allow reviewers to post positive reviews, using recipientís identity as a verified purchaser.

Amazon says, ďno,Ē that is not what is happening.

At any rate, peopleís identities must be available and out there, detached from Amazonís customerís database, which is scary and creepy. It appears to me that there is a breach in Amazonís data security.

Anyone else have any ideas?
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:02 PM
 
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I got one. It was in a box with several other items I'd actually ordered, so maybe it was just a mistake.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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So that's where all my orders have been going .....
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Old 03-12-2019, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ <-> Silicon Valley, CA
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https://www.businessinsider.com/peop...t-order-2018-2

Iíve read several news stories about this. Some people think this is a scam to allow reviewers to post positive reviews, using recipientís identity as a verified purchaser.

Amazon says, ďno,Ē that is not what is happening.

At any rate, peopleís identities must be available and out there, detached from Amazonís customerís database, which is scary and creepy. It appears to me that there is a breach in Amazonís data security.

Anyone else have any ideas?
Itís been around for a while. Itís called a ďbrushingĒ scam.

An Amazon seller (usually in China) creates fake buyer accounts and has these accounts buy his items. The items are shipped to real addresses in the U.S. because reviews canít be left until the products have shipped. Then the fake buyer accounts write glowing reviews for the products.

The seller doesnít have to get addresses off Amazon.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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They can feel free to send me stuff lol
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:39 AM
 
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Itís been around for a while. Itís called a ďbrushingĒ scam.

An Amazon seller (usually in China) creates fake buyer accounts and has these accounts buy his items. The items are shipped to real addresses in the U.S. because reviews canít be left until the products have shipped. Then the fake buyer accounts write glowing reviews for the products.

The seller doesnít have to get addresses off Amazon.
The bold isn't true. I can leave a review for anything on Amazon, even if I've never ordered it. It just won't be a "verified buyer" review.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:40 AM
 
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At any rate, peopleís identities must be available and out there, detached from Amazonís customerís database, which is scary and creepy. It appears to me that there is a breach in Amazonís data security.
Names and addresses are public record. Not difficult to look up at all.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:41 AM
 
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I received an Amazon package yesterday that I didn't order. Turns out my sister ordered it for me.

It was a relief ... I was beginning to worry that I had been engaging in late night Ambien-fueled shopping sprees. And I don't even take Ambien! LOL
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:44 AM
 
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And I don't even take Ambien!
for a followup prank, your sister should get amazon to send you some.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ <-> Silicon Valley, CA
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The bold isn't true. I can leave a review for anything on Amazon, even if I've never ordered it. It just won't be a "verified buyer" review.
Amazon changed the review system because of the rampant fraud.
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