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This is common enough that it has a name, a "brushing scam". Newsweek quotes the USDA: The USDA said in a statement: "At this time, we don't have any evidence indicating this is something other than a 'brushing scam' where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. More news coverage: ...


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The seller wants to maintain good performance metrics with Amazon to avoid getting suspended. If you cancel the order, it doesn't count against the seller. If the seller cancels the order, it counts against them.


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The first six digits of a Visa or MasterCard card comprise the Bank Identification Number (BIN) and card type (Visa, M/C, etc), which identifies the issuer, the next 9 digits (when a Visa or M/C) are the issuer-assigned account number unique to the card, and the last digit is a checksum. Having the BIN makes it simple to know if the issuer is one that ...


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The US doesn't have a Value Added Tax, which is the one usually refundable upon departing the country... so sales taxes you pay in this country stay in this country and you don't get a refund. Just remember to treat the tax as an implied part of the price. (And be aware that state and local taxes may vary, so the total price may be higher in one place than ...


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There is a recent scam going the rounds which is very similar to this. See US warning and UK warning and the comment by BernhardDöbler on Germany. The basics are that you get a text supposedly from a mail/parcel/delivery service with a link. Either in the text or on the website if you click on the link, you are advised of a minor additional payment needed, ...


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I had a similar offer recently from a seller from whom I had previously bought a product. They specified that I had to buy a particular product, leave a 5 star review for it and then email them with my PayPal account and they would pay me back the cost of the purchase via PayPal. Obviously there’s a chance this is a scam against the buyer, but I actually ...


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Tax Refund: The US generally does not refund tax like other countries. For larger sales, you might want to try state tax refunds, check here: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/373/~/how-to-obtain-a-refund-of-sales-tax-paid-while-visiting-the-united-states US Customs: You never pay US customs when you leave, they don't care about what you take out ...


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Your simplest option, and probably the only reasonable one, is to dispute the original charge with your bank. Since you used a debit card and not a credit card, you don't have quite as much protection, but you still can dispute the charge and ask your bank to step in and help. See this debit card dispute article for more information on disputing a charge ...


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Messages like this (I've usually seen them without the name) are often phishing messages with the goal of getting you to provide your personal information to enable the scammers to do nefarious things (gain access to your bank accounts, borrow money in your name, etc.). Having some of your information, but not enough for such actions, can make it easier for ...


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There are a few reasons carriers charge more for residential delivery than they do for commercial delivery. Businesses are often near each other, there are fewer of them in town than houses, and they receive more packages than houses do. As a result, delivering to businesses means fewer stops and less driving around. Also, businesses generally always have ...


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I've done this, they sent me the money via paypal first, I bought the item and then wrote a review. Nothing was done directly through amazon, so it wouldn't appear as a heavily discounted item. (i'd got into contact from replying to a spam email as I was bored). They didn't tell me I had to write a five star review, but could tell they were expecting it. ...


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The lack of "About us" is veery unusual. I pretended to buy something, and the checkout page had a Terms of Service link, which I clicked on and read. There's a Post Office box which I googled. It turns out to be Stacks Design, PO Box 12113, San Francisco, CA 94112 http://www.shopstacks.com/stacks/ I wouldn't buy from them, though, because they're ...


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Based on the card number: The card number prefix identifies the issuer of the card, and the digits that follow are used by the issuing entity to identify the cardholder as a customer and which is then associated by the issuing entity with the customer's designated bank accounts. In the case of stored-value type cards, the association with a particular ...


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Big company web sites should be safe from hacking, but you never know. Getting a refund from Amazon might be tricky, though. My kids use debit cards all the time for online purchases, but I'd rather use a credit card because the money is still in my control until I actually choose to make the payment. Thus, if there's a problem, I just don't pay that ...


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The way I see it there are three possibilities: Key is 100% legit Key has already been used and will not work, or the key is not a valid one Key is legit but obtained by the seller through fraud or other unethical means Number 2 isn't that big of a deal. Ebay would be a safe way to pay and if the key doesn't work you're only out $2. The real concern is ...


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Let's reverse this. Imagine that they had charged you for a product they hadn't sent, and that you didn't notice. What would you like the company to do when they notice? I think we would all agree that you would want them to refund the money without being asked. Do the decent thing.


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Perhaps the mistake will be caught before they actually refund the money. But if it isn't, and they refund it (presumably to a credit or debit card), I don't think you would "get in trouble" since this was Best Buy's mistake and not yours. The morally correct thing to do would be to contact them and explain that you didn't return the item and that they ...


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It depends on what you're shopping for. Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are often very good for some things and mediocre to downright bad for other things. I recommend trying to figure out what things you want to buy now, and tracking the price for 4-8 weeks. That will help give you a better price anchor to know when a deal is "good" vs. "not good".


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Yes, you get a refund but only in a couple of states. If you are visiting Louisiana (e.g. New Orleans), there is sales tax refund on tangible items purchased at tax-free stores and permanently removed from the United States (http://www.louisianataxfree.com) . Clothes, shoes, makeup.. these are all items you can claim a tax refund for. Alas, I believe only ...


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Just a phishing attempt. I checked trasuawhite.com which is cited in the text. I can't recognize the language/alphabet, but looks like a fastfood/restaurant. This screenshot is interesting. Perhaps the website owner doesn't spend much time or resources on maintenance, and the website uses WordPress, one of the most famous and most attacked CMS ever. My ...


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From an IT security standpoint, there is always some amount of risk when entering your personal payment information online. For payment methods such as Amazon and PayPal, you can be reasonably sure that you payment information is safe, but a random site that you've never heard of should be approached with slightly more caution, mainly because a smaller ...


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Sales tax and luxury tax is what you will have to pay tax wise, and they are non-refundable (in most cases but the rules vary area to area). This really tripped up some friends of mine I had come from England. The rules are complicated and regional. Sales tax is anywhere from 0% to 10.25% and are not usually applied to raw foods. Luxury taxes are ...


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The best time to start holiday shopping is just after the holidays, when stores are selling off their remaining overstock. Outside of that, there's no one answer.


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If you paid by credit card, file a dispute with the credit card company. They will credit you the money immediately while they investigate. The burden of proof will then be on the merchant. Keep your documents handy in case you need them: USPS receipt, proof of delivery, copies of all correspondance, etc. File the credit card chargeback now, because there ...


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There are three perspectives here: legal, credit card, and credit reporting. From a contract law perspective, a contract requires a meetings of the minds. If you were mistaken as to a material fact regarding the contract, then that can invalidate the contract, especially if the misunderstanding was deliberately fostered by the other party. You agreed to the ...


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Any advice? First check that the email definitely is from Best Buy and is not a generic scam/phishing email. For instance, does the email actually mention by name the product you bought (and that was supposedly returned)? Or does it say something generic like: As requested, we have issued a refund for the item you bought on [date of Black Friday] and ...


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depends what was in the package and whether they asked for anything whether money review or otherwise some larger packages contain drugs or goods ordered by a stolen credit card and delivered to a third party address by ups where someone follow the ups truck and removes the package before the fake name on it has a chance to find it


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Why don't you contact the seller you bought from through Etsy itself and ask if they have the information correct to shi your merchandise? Since you bought it through Etsy then that seems like the simplest solution. Otherwise, consider it a phishing scheme and don't fall for it.


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In addition to the other answers, there is another possible scam. The scammers may have opened a credit account in your wife's name and placed an order. Once the goods have arrived, they send a fake email, pretending to be from the merchant, and apologising for the mistake in sending the goods to the wrong person. They will send round a courier, to pick up ...


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It doesn't matter what you put in, the gift card's processor will ignore the name. The name is only checked for actual cards that have a name associated. You can put in "gift card" or your actual name or anything else you want.


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