I went to buy a book on Amazon on Friday.
I found the book I wanted and went through the process – Name, Address, the usual malarkey. However when it came to paying I ran into a problem. It insisted that I get free postage and all I had to do was sign up to Amazon Prime.
I don’t want Amazon Prime. I order things off Amazon maybe once a year so signing up to a service that offers free delivery but costs me £9 a month doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. I know there are extra things like some television channel to add to the thousand or so other channels I already have but I’m not interested in them so I do not want Prime.
But they insisted. It’s a free trial they said. It will only cost £9 a month after that but you can cancel before that they said. No. Fuck off. I DO NOT WANT PRIME. But their system insisted I give them my card details and wouldn’t give any alternative. And I don’t want to give access to my bank details and then have problems cancelling it.
I bought the book off Easons.
A couple of days later I got an email from Amazon –
We noticed you tried to sign up for your 30 day free trial of Prime but may have had difficulty verifying your payment method. Payment method verification is required to sign up for Prime.
Please complete a one-time verification for your payment method again, or choose a different payment method. You will not be charged until your free trial ends, and you can cancel any time.
When your free trial ends, you’ll be charged £8.99 per month.
They gave me a link in the email to verify things.
I binned it.
Yesterday I got another email from them –
Stay safe from scammers this holiday season by getting to know their most common scams:
- Order Confirmation Scams. These are unexpected calls/texts/emails that often refer to an unauthorised purchase and ask you to act urgently to confirm or cancel the purchase. These scammers try to convince you to provide payment or bank account information, install software to your computer/device, or purchase gift cards. Remember, if you received correspondence regarding an order you weren’t expecting, you can verify orders by logging into your Amazon account. Only legitimate purchases will appear in your order history – and Customer Service is available 24/7 to assist.
- Tech Support Scams. Scammers create fake websites claiming to provide tech support for your devices and Amazon services. Customers who land on these pages are lured to contact the scammer and fall prey to their schemes. Remember, go directly to the help section of our website when seeking help with Amazon devices or services. If you do use a search engine, use caution. Legitimate Amazon websites contain “amazon.com” such as “amazon.com/support”.
A case of “physician heal thyself”?
My book arrived this morning.