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December 15, 2016, 10:22:03 PM
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Hi, guys!

I have been buying Amazon gift cards for bitcoins for some time already and have seen ... well ... different ways used to scam some simple-minded bitcoin buyers (including me initially).

Below are simple guidelines that will decrease your probability of being scammed when buying an Amazon Gift Card:

- Use an Escrow (this is obvious and comes first)

- Ask  for the photo of both sides of the card where the FULL card is visible (no hidden edges etc)  and the photo has a good resolution.

- Ask for a photo of the cash receipt given to the card seller when the card was bought in a shop

- Check that the cash receipt looks ... well ... like a normal cash receipt.

- Check that the *Card Number* from the card matches to the Card Number on the cash receipt.
 The *Card Number* is NOT the *Card Code*. The *Card Code* is the code that you redeem at Amazon and it looks like "AQZZ-TRDETY-CY9QF". The *Card Number* looks like a normal credit card number and consists of a long string of digits. Normally, the last 4 digits or the full *Card Number* are printed on the cash receipt. When you buy an Amazon gift card, the *Card Number* is visible (it's also printed on the package) and the *Card Code* is not visible (you need to scrape off the plastic film covering it to see the actual *Card Code*).

- Ask the card seller to write something in pen on the cash receipt (something like "Sold to <> at bitcointalk.org. No refund") and make a photo where BOTH the card and cash receipt are visible. This point helps to ensure that the seller has  both the cash receipt and card physically.

- Check on the cash receipt that the Amazon card has been bought with CASH (not with a Credit Card). It shall be clearly written on the receipt. If you see that the card was bought with a credit card, avoid it. It's a significant probability that the credit card used for that was stolen.


Those guidelines are simple, but they definitely will make your life happier enjoying your Amazon Gift Card in full.

I think the fellow forum members will definitely add their insights to this message.

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How about egift codes? Is it safe?
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December 15, 2016, 10:55:02 PM
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How about egift codes? Is it safe?

My personal opinion is that e-gift codes are much less safe compared to physical cards. With them, you absolutely don't know who and how generated them. I purchased egift codes a couple of times at LocalBitcoins, but this was with a VERY reputable vendor with a VERY good feedback ratio.

To be safe you need to know the person who bought or generated the egift code. It is also a very common scam to buy egifts with stolen credit cards and then resell them for bitcoins with a huge discount like 20%+.

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Hi, guys!

I have been buying Amazon gift cards for bitcoins for some time already and have seen ... well ... different ways used to scam some simple-minded bitcoin buyers (including me initially).

Below are simple guidelines that will decrease your probability of being scammed when buying an Amazon Gift Card:

- Use an Escrow (this is obvious and comes first)

- Ask  for the photo of both sides of the card where the FULL card is visible (no hidden edges etc)  and the photo has a good resolution.

- Ask for a photo of the cash receipt given to the card seller when the card was bought in a shop

- Check that the cash receipt looks ... well ... like a normal cash receipt.

- Check that the *Card Number* from the card matches to the Card Number on the cash receipt.
 The *Card Number* is NOT the *Card Code*. The *Card Code* is the code that you redeem at Amazon and it looks like "AQZZ-TRDETY-CY9QF". The *Card Number* looks like a normal credit card number and consists of a long string of digits. Normally, the last 4 digits or the full *Card Number* are printed on the cash receipt. When you buy an Amazon gift card, the *Card Number* is visible (it's also printed on the package) and the *Card Code* is not visible (you need to scrape off the plastic film covering it to see the actual *Card Code*).

- Ask the card seller to write something in pen on the cash receipt (something like "Sold to <> at bitcointalk.org. No refund") and make a photo where BOTH the card and cash receipt are visible. This point helps to ensure that the seller has  both the cash receipt and card physically.

- Check on the cash receipt that the Amazon card has been bought with CASH (not with a Credit Card). It shall be clearly written on the receipt. If you see that the card was bought with a credit card, avoid it. It's a significant probability that the credit card used for that was stolen.


Those guidelines are simple, but they definitely will make your life happier enjoying your Amazon Gift Card in full.

I think the fellow forum members will definitely add their insights to this message.


why not buy from amazon directly ,instead
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December 16, 2016, 12:00:33 AM
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Hi, guys!

I have been buying Amazon gift cards for bitcoins for some time already and have seen ... well ... different ways used to scam some simple-minded bitcoin buyers (including me initially).

Below are simple guidelines that will decrease your probability of being scammed when buying an Amazon Gift Card:

- Use an Escrow (this is obvious and comes first)

- Ask  for the photo of both sides of the card where the FULL card is visible (no hidden edges etc)  and the photo has a good resolution.

- Ask for a photo of the cash receipt given to the card seller when the card was bought in a shop

- Check that the cash receipt looks ... well ... like a normal cash receipt.

- Check that the *Card Number* from the card matches to the Card Number on the cash receipt.
 The *Card Number* is NOT the *Card Code*. The *Card Code* is the code that you redeem at Amazon and it looks like "AQZZ-TRDETY-CY9QF". The *Card Number* looks like a normal credit card number and consists of a long string of digits. Normally, the last 4 digits or the full *Card Number* are printed on the cash receipt. When you buy an Amazon gift card, the *Card Number* is visible (it's also printed on the package) and the *Card Code* is not visible (you need to scrape off the plastic film covering it to see the actual *Card Code*).

- Ask the card seller to write something in pen on the cash receipt (something like "Sold to <> at bitcointalk.org. No refund") and make a photo where BOTH the card and cash receipt are visible. This point helps to ensure that the seller has  both the cash receipt and card physically.

- Check on the cash receipt that the Amazon card has been bought with CASH (not with a Credit Card). It shall be clearly written on the receipt. If you see that the card was bought with a credit card, avoid it. It's a significant probability that the credit card used for that was stolen.


Those guidelines are simple, but they definitely will make your life happier enjoying your Amazon Gift Card in full.

I think the fellow forum members will definitely add their insights to this message.


why not buy from amazon directly ,instead

Well, people buy Amazon cards and e-codes because they have bitcoins and want to get a discount on the dollar value of the card. Getting a 15-20% discount on your dollars with a fully legit Amazon card is possible , but you need to be cautious.

I would say if you have bitcoins and are OK with 15% discount, then use Purse.io. If you want 15%+, then you may want  to shop around trying to get those cards on your own, but you should be careful in this case against buying a non-legit code (that could result in  a blocked Amazon account etc).

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December 16, 2016, 09:53:02 AM
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This is very informative from you and other than amazon gift cards any hands on experience with ebay gift cards and the necessary precautions to take Smiley


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December 16, 2016, 10:49:36 AM
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This is very informative from you and other than amazon gift cards any hands on experience with ebay gift cards and the necessary precautions to take Smiley

I didn't buy ebay cards, but I think this fully applies to them and other gift cards too because they have the similar principles.

To be safe:

- you need to be sure that the card seller physically has the card and  the cash receipt
- you need to be sure that the card and the receipt match
- you need to be sure that the card was bought with cash and not with credit card


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This is very informative from you and other than amazon gift cards any hands on experience with ebay gift cards and the necessary precautions to take Smiley

I didn't buy ebay cards, but I think this fully applies to them and other gift cards too because they have the similar principles.

To be safe:

- you need to be sure that the card seller physically has the card and  the cash receipt
- you need to be sure that the card and the receipt match
- you need to be sure that the card was bought with cash and not with credit card



you are wrong even if the seller has card and receipt and paid with cash,is not always safe
Have you heard about ransomware scams ? and how the scammers get the gift cards from victims ?
they get scans of receipts and cards ,the victims buy with cash and send..later these cards are cancelled after the victim reports to amazon/ebay or whatever
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December 16, 2016, 07:26:48 PM
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December 16, 2016, 09:46:50 PM
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This is very informative from you and other than amazon gift cards any hands on experience with ebay gift cards and the necessary precautions to take Smiley

I didn't buy ebay cards, but I think this fully applies to them and other gift cards too because they have the similar principles.

To be safe:

- you need to be sure that the card seller physically has the card and  the cash receipt
- you need to be sure that the card and the receipt match
- you need to be sure that the card was bought with cash and not with credit card



you are wrong even if the seller has card and receipt and paid with cash,is not always safe
Have you heard about ransomware scams ? and how the scammers get the gift cards from victims ?
they get scans of receipts and cards ,the victims buy with cash and send..later these cards are cancelled after the victim reports to amazon/ebay or whatever


You are right, kirch!

I do not pretend that if you follow my guidelines you'll be 100% safe. My point is that if you follow those guidelines your *probability* to be scammed when buying an Amazon or other gift card will be less.

To be 100% safe = buy the Amazon card on your own from Amazon directly. But you will not get any discount with that. Buying Amazon gift cards with your hard-earned may give you 15-20% discount on the dollar value, but the risk increases. of course.  Following my guidelines you reduce, but not eliminate the risk completely.

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December 16, 2016, 10:18:01 PM
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Wow, so even having a cash receipt is not 100% safe. What wil they do after canceling? Cancel the order or even lock the account?
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December 16, 2016, 10:24:40 PM
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Wow, so even having a cash receipt is not 100% safe. What wil they do after canceling? Cancel the order or even lock the account?

Not only the locked account or cancelled order, you may even get a visit from the police (especially, if you live in the US).

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I think it's useful to have this topic be republished ...

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Very useful info.

Should make this thread sticky.
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Thanks for the guide, looking to buy a gift card, 1st from bitcointalk forum and found this post very helpful.
keep it up and keep adding new information regularly to this post.
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I can sell you a fully legit card or "Transfer a Balance" to your account at 90% :-))



Thanks for the guide, looking to buy a gift card, 1st from bitcointalk forum and found this post very helpful.
keep it up and keep adding new information regularly to this post.

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I can sell you a fully legit card or "Transfer a Balance" to your account at 90% :-))



Thanks for the guide, looking to buy a gift card, 1st from bitcointalk forum and found this post very helpful.
keep it up and keep adding new information regularly to this post.
A thread is open to digital goods.
I want to buy an amazon.in gift card of value above 500 INR before 21st Sept if I don't get it at a reasonable rate then surely come back to you to buy here one-day before 21 sept

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The only thing  that you need to buy an Amazon and not be Scammed
is do not pay the cost of the gift card before the shipping of your product .
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That's definitely true if your gift card vendor is ready to wait ...

The only thing  that you need to buy an Amazon and not be Scammed
is do not pay the cost of the gift card before the shipping of your product .

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That's definitely true if your gift card vendor is ready to wait ...

The only thing  that you need to buy an Amazon and not be Scammed
is do not pay the cost of the gift card before the shipping of your product .

that s why we use escrow  Roll Eyes
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Escrow is an absolute MUST when buying something with your hard-earned btc :-))

That's definitely true if your gift card vendor is ready to wait ...

The only thing  that you need to buy an Amazon and not be Scammed
is do not pay the cost of the gift card before the shipping of your product .

that s why we use escrow  Roll Eyes

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Thanks for the guide, looking to buy a gift card, 1st from bitcointalk forum and found this post very helpful.
keep it up and keep adding new information regularly to this post.
i advice you to create an offer in paxful and write in the rule that you realse btc only if the item shipped .

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I can sell you a fully legit card or "Transfer a Balance" to your account at 90% :-))



Thanks for the guide, looking to buy a gift card, 1st from bitcointalk forum and found this post very helpful.
keep it up and keep adding new information regularly to this post.

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hi
let be honest,legit amazon gift card with this rate(that can find it at bitcointalk) is very rare.
maybe you don't like to do illegal work but almost i'm sure you will do, and this work have many serious consequences. for example my friend arrested due selling illegal xbox gift code in USA.
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My personal experience is that after several trials, I gave up and now I only buy it via bitpanda - it's 100% price, but to get this -15%~20% discount I'm spending too much time on it, for my personal use I think it's not worth the trouble.

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I think you'll get no offers with that condition (as my paxful and localbitcoins experience tells me and i traded pretty much there :-))

Thanks for the guide, looking to buy a gift card, 1st from bitcointalk forum and found this post very helpful.
keep it up and keep adding new information regularly to this post.
i advice you to create an offer in paxful and write in the rule that you realse btc only if the item shipped .

thanks.

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September 10, 2017, 09:44:28 PM
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I would say that 90% offers with more than 10% discount are illegit.


My personal experience is that after several trials, I gave up and now I only buy it via bitpanda - it's 100% price, but to get this -15%~20% discount I'm spending too much time on it, for my personal use I think it's not worth the trouble.

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October 30, 2017, 11:43:43 PM
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Well, I think now it's time again to bump up this thread and add some useful knowledge:

(1) Beware of vendors with "locked" threads where nobody else can comment except them. Those guys are very probably scammers because honest vendors don't fear the customers feedback, good or bad

(2) Beware of vendors with threads where all messages are from newbies successfully buying and telling each other how great this vendor is.

(3) As a rule (with possible exceptions, of course) DO NOT CONSIDER trading with vendors with the red trust of -3 or lower. Don't deal 100% at all if the red trust is -4 or even lower. Review the trust level carefully.

(4) ALWAYS REMEMBER:

- 100% legit Amazon Gift cards (physical ones, not e-codes, with cash receipt) can easily be sold at Paxful or LBC for 83-85%. So all offers starting from 80% and below are very very possible scams (if not 100%) because "why didn't the vendor sell them for 85% at Paxful to get much more?"

- Use alternative methods of replenishing your Amazon balance (Gift of Prime , Gift of Kindle Unlimited)

- Buy from reputable vendors (and remember your rates will be within 85-95% range in this case)

- Do your homework and know how to tell a good cash receipt from a fake one.

- Scammers normally will try to rush you that you don't have time to review the offer carefully. Be calm.

- Reread this thread and ask if in doubt

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November 07, 2017, 05:36:22 PM
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November 07, 2017, 05:54:09 PM
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Hi, guys!

I have been buying Amazon gift cards for bitcoins for some time already and have seen ... well ... different ways used to scam some simple-minded bitcoin buyers (including me initially).

Below are simple guidelines that will decrease your probability of being scammed when buying an Amazon Gift Card:

- Use an Escrow (this is obvious and comes first)

- Ask  for the photo of both sides of the card where the FULL card is visible (no hidden edges etc)  and the photo has a good resolution.

- Ask for a photo of the cash receipt given to the card seller when the card was bought in a shop

- Check that the cash receipt looks ... well ... like a normal cash receipt.

- Check that the *Card Number* from the card matches to the Card Number on the cash receipt.
 The *Card Number* is NOT the *Card Code*. The *Card Code* is the code that you redeem at Amazon and it looks like "AQZZ-TRDETY-CY9QF". The *Card Number* looks like a normal credit card number and consists of a long string of digits. Normally, the last 4 digits or the full *Card Number* are printed on the cash receipt. When you buy an Amazon gift card, the *Card Number* is visible (it's also printed on the package) and the *Card Code* is not visible (you need to scrape off the plastic film covering it to see the actual *Card Code*).

- Ask the card seller to write something in pen on the cash receipt (something like "Sold to <> at bitcointalk.org. No refund") and make a photo where BOTH the card and cash receipt are visible. This point helps to ensure that the seller has  both the cash receipt and card physically.

- Check on the cash receipt that the Amazon card has been bought with CASH (not with a Credit Card). It shall be clearly written on the receipt. If you see that the card was bought with a credit card, avoid it. It's a significant probability that the credit card used for that was stolen.


Those guidelines are simple, but they definitely will make your life happier enjoying your Amazon Gift Card in full.

I think the fellow forum members will definitely add their insights to this message.

The 6th bullet point is EXTREMELY important. People often just rip images off of google and try to use it as proof that they actually have cards. Buyers can do multiple things in this situation. Google reverse search is amazing, and it should be used by anyone looking to buy an Amazon gift card. If you find matches of the card somewhere online, just don't buy it from the person trying to sell to you. They're trying to scam you. Furthermore, you can always ask the seller to send 2 more pictures with a unique form to it (take a picture with a microwave in the background, with your ring finger in it as well, etc.). This insures that the person is not just ripping an image off of google.

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March 21, 2018, 01:08:45 PM
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Use alternative methods of replenishing your Amazon balance (Gift of Prime , Gift of Kindle Unlimited)

Anybody knows about Prime method or AMZ coins or etc.. is it safe method to transfer gift balance?
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