Scam warning: Amazon delivery fraud targets 1million households – how to avoid ‘brushing’ | Personal Finance | Finance

 Scam warning: Amazon delivery fraud targets 1million households – how to avoid ‘brushing’ | Personal Finance | Finance

Experts are warning that third party sellers are taking advantage of Amazon’s search ranking system for products to scam innocent consumers. “Brushing” is a scam carried out by Amazon sellers to artificially inflate their sales and positive reviews, with many involved being from China. The system used by Amazon favours items with a high volume of sales and good reviews from consumers.

When scaled up, the consumer watchdog estimates that over 1million people across the country are likely to have been victims of these “brushing” scams.

Of the people who received a mystery parcel, 63 percent admitted to keeping them, while 28 percent binned them and 16 percent gave them away.

Examples of the type of products often sent to Amazon customers include: toys for pets and children, Bluetooth accessories and iPhone cases.

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