New Email Scam: Amazon Posers

I won’t be hiding this emails address since I think people should know about this. There are two things to know about receiving scam emails from people trying to impersonate a well known organization like Amazon. Official Amazon email address despite the country, for an order confirmation and bogus email address. ALWAYS read the email address NOT the sender name!!

    REAL email address. Sender name will be with an email title: Your Order with
    anything with a number after auto-confirm or letters is a scammer. Anything that says or hotmail, is a scammer. Anything that sounds official but ends in is a scammer trying to impersonate amazon. So be very careful and never reply!

Next thing to look out for in this bogus email is a zip file. In this zip file is an exe file. DO NOT RUN THIS! No exceptions! It will be called something like Order Information, Recipt or something stupid like that. This is a program. NO shop will ever send you order information in the form of a program. It is most likely a virus or worm with the intent to gain your personal information or destroy your PC. DO NOT run it! All of Amazons order information should be in your email appearing like this below and if Amazon does send you an attachment it will be a safe PDF of document file. Never an executable file (exe)!

So, your proper Amazon confirmation order (if you even ordered anything at all) should look something like this. I’ve blurred my personal details. Further down this email is details and information on what I ordered, when I ordered but I couldn’t screen cap all of the Amazon email:


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Not like this!

Snap 2013-10-02 at 07.19.40

Notice a few major differences in the fake email.

  1. No official logo.
  2. No addressing you by your first or full name that is registered with Amazon.
  3. No receipt.
  4. No order details except for a fake item number.
  5. No mention of the shipping method.
  6. No information on the order you supposedly ordered.
  7. No estimated delivery time.
  8. No information about the store on amazon you bought from eg. Sold by: __________
  9. Not as many strong uses of paragraphs like an actual Amazon order would have on order details.
  10. No coupons or deals on offer.
  11. No amount spent.
  12. No mention of your address like in the official Amazon email receipt.
  13. No links on where to change your order details. Unlike the official Amazon email.
  14. No information on how to get an invoice.
  15. No option to view your email in HTML.
  16. An attached file. Amazon doesn’t seem to attach files any more, probably due to this very issue.
  17. No information about not replying to this email. Real Amazon auto-confirm generally has a little disclaimer about not replying as no one will read it because it is fully automated and the inbox is not checked.
  18. No view cart, wishlist, order or help links.
  19. Different font
  20. Partial colour scheme to an Amazon order.

As you can see, there is quite a difference between a real email from Amazon and a fake one from either a scammer or some douche bag sending out viruses to random people on the net. More than likely it’s a virus to obtain personal information though I am not about to run it and find out. I will however after this post, be reporting it directly to Amazon.

If you get these emails, mark it as a phising scam. Do not reply. Do not reply because then they will also know that their email has been sent to a real person and they may try to persuade you to giving personal information. It is sometimes known as a confidence trick. They may even threaten you with legal action in a vain attempt to impersonate someone official. Legal action they may try to bring up would be debt collection. But they can’t do anything since what they are doing is illegal. The next step you can take is to then report the fake scammer email to and let them know about the issue.

Not all scammers are this lazy though. Some will take an order receipt and try to photoshop it to look offical but their email is what gives them away each and every time. This trick is often used with Paypal and unfortunately people fall for it. So in future if it feels suspicious, it probably is and always. always, always, read the full email link and compare to the original.

5 Storenvy Features Weekly

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So I’m back to feeling well again and I re-opened my storenvy. I’m going to go back to featuring stores from because there’s so much talent on there I’d just love to share! Click the images to visit the stores.

First one is Minabea Jewellery:

There ends this week’s Storenvy Features! Like I said, lots of talent and great products! Check them out, or give them some feedback! I think the best part is that they are all friendly. Nothing makes me happier than to be around lovely well mannered sellers. If you’re like me, you’re sick of places like ebay where manners aren’t the number one priority. These sellers and many others on Storenvy are great!

Next week I’ll be featuring another 5 stores <3! Scammers Market?


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English: eBay Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have had one plesant transaction that was genuine and 9 refunds and the sellers got very rude and not wanting to give back my money even though I caught them selling pirated software. One incident was so bad I am glad I had the forsight to take screencaps but the seller is still selling pirated software! They were only ask and only removed one of their pirated wares. More annoyingly at least six or so times I was sold software with a kegenerator which I immediately got rid of, got a refund and reported them for it. BUT the annoyance is that they have a 99% seller rating with a lot of sellers saying thanks for the software it works great so I thought surely this is a legitimate seller but no. Either the buyers are really silly or happy with their pirate ware.

One seller went so far as to give me a one star rating saying I was a bad buyer and don’t sell to me. But my ebay with 100% positive from sellers will tell you otherwise. I know they were just burned for getting into trouble though and it doesn’t bother me none if they do bad mouth me because when the facts are laid down on the table it’s hard to ignore whom is really in the wrong. My point is, don’t read the feedback on iOffer as a way to gauge how reliable the seller is, it’s useless. It’s not moderated as well as it should be and it’s not as strict as ebay and there’s a lot of program piracy going on. As far as online shopping goes, stick to ebay and amazon and like me, never ever buy anything without paypal. EVER! Or you probably won’t get your money back if you catch them doing you wrong.

One refund was refused, I reported them they said hahahahaha good luck getting your money back so I went straight to paypal. Got my money back after 1-2weeks through paypal and they’re in hot water with them. So back at you, hahaha.

Not saying ioffer is a bad place, I am saying that it could be more strict and do more research into sellers they catch with pirated software. In fact it’s the only place I can still buy a laptop charger from for my oldie laptop at a good price and fast shipping. What I am saying is, if it looks too good to be true it probably is, and don’t rely on the seller rating. I think a lot of it is falsified though, which is just my opinion from my experiences there. But I am very annoyed with many sellers there.

Many others have had great experiences and I say good for you but for those of us who have had multiple bad experiences, it’s not so great a site. The part I hate most is the seller is who you ask for a refund and if the seller says no the site supports the sellers decision. It takes days of arguing before you can get your money back especially if the seller is pissed off at you. Took me moments though. When ioffer didn’t help and only unlisted the item, I bypassed them and went to paypal and got my cash back. So my advice? Use paypal for all online purchases and go through paypal for a refund!

I am however interested in other user experiences, good or bad. Would anyone else like to share their thoughts? I have tried looking for reviews about ioffer and turned up little and lately I am seeing a lot more bloggers complaining of scams. It would be lovely to hear some good things or just other opinions about it. has a lot of potential but if it wants to be great it needs a lot of work and to really up their game in buyer and seller support!

Each time I have been hit with pirated software, I have messaged the seller back saying please give me a refund I am offended that you have sold me pirated software, got rid of it and did all the virus scans etc. Most were nice about it and didn’t deny it, but some were rude and willing to fight me saying it was legal and that I was just a bad buyer and a bad person. Key generators are NOT legal! Sadly there is only one way to find out if the seller is or isn’t selling legal items on iOffer, and that is to buy it or hopefully google search the item and seller and hopefully someone else out there was brave enough to complain about it. However for the other buyers knowingly buying this software and leaving positive feedback, that’s not good, it’s not right and you can get into a lot of trouble for aiding them and using those illegal items.

For older shoppers that aren’t tech savy or even young shoppers, if you receive a key generator also known as a keygen, immediately get rid of it. A lot of them are very dangerous viruses but they are illegal and to use one to hack software is very illegal. Do not be fooled by the seller. Do not fall for their words telling you that it is legal because it’s not and report them to the appropriate people.

That’s the end of my little compaint or rather rant.

Storenvy Features Part 2!

The next 4 features from storenvy! Talented people selling their items they’ve made.

Go check out these wonderful people and their stores! The best part about storenvy is that you can follow the shops and the owners much like twitter. Very handy, especially if you’re a shop-a-holic like meh 😉

Storenvy Shop Features!

I thought it was about time I got around to doing some features but this time I am featuring shops from which is filled with talented small businesses and lots of kind people!

First up is Tinkers Magical Junk Trunk See and click below to check out their store!

Blitz 2 Glitz

LuxaRose Apparel

D3L0C4T3D Threadz

Check them all out! There will be more features later on! More talented stores and items to come!

Evanto Market

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I thought I’d give it one last go before quitting and selling only on my own stores. I submitted a design as a test. On my Etsy where I normally get tiny views like 3 or 5 and I make sales here and there. In 3days of posting said design I had over 1000 views and favourites on Etsy and good stats on my Storenvy as well, which are still steadily growing interest on both stores. The design was rejected on Evanto and rather quickly. I’m not even going to bother any more. It works great for others but sometimes with certain designs I just know they will do well mainly because they’re exactly what people are bugging me for and I listen to my customers and hold polls and what not. But it doesn’t matter any more. I’m keeping all my designs and selling them myself on my two stores. Like my mother says, sometimes you just gotta do it yourself!

I’m in no way saying they are bad or wrong, not having a cry about poor me rejected, not at all! I wanted to see how fussy they were. I heard they were better than iStock but I had to test for myself. It works great for others and gets their name out there, good for them. They deserve it. What I am saying however is don’t be disheartened if you try out places like GraphicRiver or other Evanto marketplaces or stock sites like iStock. Don’t let it get to you or make you quit. You could just be in the wrong place for your skills, that’s all. If you enjoy what you do and have customers then stick with it. I definitely say try and keep all your profits. It’s super friendly there and there are no fees or listing fees and you can have your store look however YOU want. Etsy seems great for designers and even web designers. Beautiful things to buy and loads of nice people. The listing fees aren’t bad, much better than ebay and it’s one of the best places to be if you are a designer, artist, craftsman or jeweller.

Just don’t let it get you down. I’m not 🙂 If you get rejected it’s not the end of the world, sometimes it’s their loss. Sometimes not, sometimes they’re dead right and you got a lot to learn first. It can be an opportunity to learn, learn what to improve on but don’t take it as their word is the only word and I mean whom ever you submit to. Just keep your chin up and find what works for you.

iOffer’s Great Sellers

I recently purchased a program from iOffer and I got it from this wonderful seller

Their communication was excellent! Very positive and friendly, they waited with me to help me activate my product and it turns out it activated straight away anyway. The person was very kind and communicated through skype. It was the most pleasant and best shopping experience I have had online yet! Definitely worth checking out, amazing prices and great software!