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weebler

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: May 5, 2016 6:12 PM   in response to: F Furlin in response to: F Furlin
 
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Well I have an account at TD so I will try it there--seems to me if a credit union accepts it the major banks would.
whitedragon77

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: May 6, 2016 4:53 AM   in response to: weebler in response to: weebler
 
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I can confirm that after sending a message to KDP that the email IS legit. They assured me my account hadn't been hacked (which I never even mentioned as a concern, lol). They were, however, unsure why people were getting the emails when they were already set up for EFT. My guess is it was because not ALL accounts were set up for it. For example, when I first got the email only US, JPN, and IN were set up for EFT, everything else was check. BEFORE sending them the message, though, I set ALL accounts up for EFT so that's what they would have seen and that's what would have confused them. As for the royalties my best guess is they are from foreign Amazon sites that were probably set up as check instead of EFT. I'm in the U.S. so I can't really comment on what fees Canada takes out or anything.

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whitedragon77

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: May 6, 2016 4:54 AM   in response to: whitedragon77 in response to: whitedragon77
 
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I can also confirm that after sending an message to KDP that the email IS legit. They assured me my account hadn't been hacked (which I never even mentioned as a concern, lol). They were, however, unsure why people were getting the emails when they were already set up for EFT. My guess is it was because not ALL accounts were set up for it. For example, when I first got the email only US, JPN, and IN were set up for EFT, everything else was check. BEFORE sending them the message I set ALL accounts up for EFT so that's what they would have seen. As for the royalties my best guess is from foreign Amazon sites that were probably set up as check instead of EFT.
Amy Robertson

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: May 6, 2016 11:11 AM   in response to: whitedragon77 in response to: whitedragon77
 
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Thanks for the info!
Fern Burgett

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: May 7, 2016 12:25 AM   in response to: whitedragon77 in response to: whitedragon77
 
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I can also confirm the email is legitimate. Upon getting the original email I contacted kdp support. They responded with it was a valid message and EFTS are scheduled to start in September.
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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: May 7, 2016 11:44 AM   in response to: whitedragon77 in response to: whitedragon77
 
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I am in UK, I got the email exactly the same. I thought it suspicious because it began just "Hello". Two days later I got a cheque (=check) for 102 US dollars with an account going back 3 years. Barclays bank reckon it is genuine and are crediting it to my account. This will take 6 weeks. I clicked on the Contact button and wrote to Amazon to find out what is going on. Amazon KDP already pay me in UKP by EFT, so I asked why they wanted my bank details again. That was 24 hours ago and as yet no reply.
Michael Strong

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: May 8, 2016 2:43 PM   in response to: whitedragon77 in response to: whitedragon77
 
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Reply from Amazon now confirms this is genuine and bank details are needed to take account of income arriving from countries not previously taken into account.
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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: Aug 9, 2016 12:41 PM   in response to: Amy Robertson in response to: Amy Robertson
 
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I wouldn't click any links in any email that promises a money payout or asks for personal banking information. Usually, PayPay, the IRS, and banks don't require such information to be passed through email; I have to believe Amazon.com follow the same policy. I would take the trouble to call KDP first.
scott wilcox

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 3:07 PM   in response to: george haynes in response to: george haynes
 
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Umm hmm, if it's legit and they said they were phasing-out checks Sept 2016, why did I just get one saying checks-phasing-out end of 2017? Help topic page here, getting paid: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/AE24XS35AM53P

And I did click the link and they directed me to a fake account-banking page already signed-into!!! Amazon/Kindle ALWAYS asks you to sign-in after a few hours of inactivity, even if you click "keep me signed-in" and ALWAYS when going to an account or purchase page!!!!!!!!

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R Butler

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 3:12 PM   in response to: scott wilcox in response to: scott wilcox
 
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scott wilcox wrote:
Umm hmm, if it's legit and they said they were phasing-out checks Sept 2016, why did I just get one saying checks-phasing-out end of 2017? And I did click the link and they directed me to a fake page already signed-into. Amazon/Kindle ALWAYS asks you to sign-in after a few hours of inactivity, even if you click "keep me signed-in" and ALWAYS when going to an account or purchase page!!!!!!!!

Edited by: scott wilcox on Sep 28, 2017 3:07 PM


Amazon phased out cheques for some locales in 2016 when this thread began and has subsequently announced that they will be phasing out cheque payments in all locations at the end of 2017.
scott wilcox

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 4:23 PM   in response to: R Butler in response to: R Butler
 
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Regardless, I already signed-up for EFT thru a bank that Createspace has delivered payments to with no problem over the last ten years.

"The customer is then asked to type in their bank details to re-verify their account." The scary thing is it came from a @amazon.com email address.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4025016/Amazon-customers-warned-scam-email-aims-bank-card-details-s-stay-safe.html#ixzz4u1DVBI00
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Edited by: scott wilcox on Sep 29, 2017 10:55 AM
R Butler

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: Sep 28, 2017 6:29 PM   in response to: scott wilcox in response to: scott wilcox
 
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The article you linked has nothing to do with a KDP cheque change to EFT email. If you think it was a scam, don't enter any info from the link, go to KDP login and deal with it there or contact Amazon.

KDP has sent out emails about changing to EFT at year end. There is no way for any of us to verify if yours is real or not. If you have EFT setup ignore it.
scott wilcox

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Re: Scam email or real email?
Posted: Sep 29, 2017 11:00 AM   in response to: R Butler in response to: R Butler
 
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Yes, I will ignore it, as I went to my payments page via the official, googled link and there's no notice of needed change there at all.

I included the link because although not about the check-change--which in itself is ridiculous as phishing scams increase every year, everyday warned about on the news, the modus operandi is the same, taking one to a fake website, suspiciously "pre-signed-in" and asking FOR PERSONAL BANKING info.

In sum, NO linked email address is safe to click-on anymore. :=(

Edited by: scott wilcox on Sep 29, 2017 11:00 AM
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