Beware of an international internet fraud scheme using Amazon merchants and too-good-to-be-true prices on "Like New" LCD Tvs, such as the Samsung LN46a750 for about $700.
Most of the lowest prices on "Like New" Samsung TVs are all with the same merchant right now, and priced far below any competitors. Someone is hijacking the accounts of real sellers and listing these TVs. Beware when the seller is an Amazon Merchant that normally doesn't sell televisions. It happened to ABC Wholesale a few days ago, and I think that is what is going on with the TVs listed by Blacksheepdeals now. They are unaware that these items are listed until people call them trying to complete the purchases. The purchases won't go through, but then the fraudulent seller, claiming to be a merchant in Italy, responds via email to any inquiries that have been made and encourages you to complete the sale by sending him a money order directly. He even sends you a very official-looking Amazon email endorsing this practice as the way that Amazon handles international purchases.
Amazon customer service informed me that they never endorse sending payment directly to a seller, but they really didn't seem to take my report of this fraud effort seriously. They didn't even ask for me to send them copies of the fake Amazon webpage that he sent. ABC Wholesales figured out what was going on within 24 hours and removed the items, and I contacted this Blacksheepdeals directly via email to let them know, so I'll bet you'll see all of the TVs and cameras disappear from their listings suddenly, but Amazon didn't seem like they were even going to make an effort to contact this seller and find out if the listings were for real. I guess its cheaper for them just to write off the small proportion of fraud that involves them, than it is to seriously pursue it.
If you want that LN46a650 listed by Blacksheepdeals now for less than $700, go for it. But I'll bet you'll find the sale won't go through, and if you send an email to the seller a guy from Italy (supposedly) will write back in broken English. ABC Wholesale told me that they had a lot of calls about these TVs. Did anyone else reading this get lured into this and have have more offer about who is doing this and how to end it? I want to be able to log into Amazon and continue the search for my new TV with confidence that my great deal price is really a great deal.
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