A few days ago, out of the blue I was contacted by a purported Amazon seller who is probably based in China, about sending me a product in their catalog in exchange for a review. They probably got my mail from one of the reviews I have left in products that I have actually purchased myself.
I responded with a non-committal approach to see what would be the catch, and what I got back is that I have to buy the product from Amazon and then they will refund the value of the product. This is because that way the review would have a Verified Purchase mark, which probably nets them a better position in Amazon's search algorithms.
This smells like a scam because I'm not sure how they would be gaming Amazon's system this way, given that for heavily discounted products, verified purchases don't keep the mark. Also no real details on how they would refund such a purchase. No phone, contact information besides their mail address.
Is this a known scam or a legitimate tactic some sellers from Amazon use to buy reviews?