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    This is an alert. I am certain that not only Astronomers are targeted. Here is my story: I was searching for a Celestron AVX mount, which took me to Amazon.com. Suddenly a 'too good to be true' ad appeared, offering an AVX mount along with your choice of three nice telescopes, any one of which was $499, claiming they were used. Even a used AVX alone is a deal at $499 (nobody wants to sell theirs!), so I was skeptical. The ad looked real but the contact for this deal was a private party with an Email address of salesbrandnewfullbox@gmail.com, though this address had several typos that I figured out. More skepticism. I contacted customer support at Amazon, who never heard of this person. More Emails from the person asking for my info, loaded with typos and grammatical mistakes. I did not make the purchase, which involved buying an Amazon gift card. This scam has been cited by many. So beware.

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    Default Re: Amazon Scams

    Thanks for the heads-up, Kenny!

    We had a thread about this a few months ago too. Always good to remind folks to shop wisely! If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

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    Default Re: Amazon Scams

    If it is from a second or even third party and does not say "Fulfilled by Amazon" stay away!
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    Always practice "safe shopping". Quintuple the Amazon warnings when you find a "grab it quick deal" on eBay.
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