Why the fuck did Amazon just send me and this one other guy in our building a free sample package of Coke Zero
Hey guysssss I’d like to take a moment to talk to you all about this new product. Coke
There’s a real explanation! This is actually a SCAM called ‘Brushing’ to raise their ratings on amazon artificially. They create a fake account with a random real address, purchase the item themselves and mail it off and as it goes to a real address, random people get it.
Then they leave themselves a nice five-star review with the fake account. This sounds like a victimless crime, but this means your information is compromised, they have your account info, and possibly your credit card information, and can lead to people purchasing garbage because they believe the multiple verified five star reviews.
If you receive a random package you did not order, you should report it immediately to both Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission, change your password, and monitor your cards. You’re free to keep the package though.
It’s that time of year again.
Monitor your credit and debit cards regularly. Be wary of pop up sites offering deals too good to be true. If you get a package you didn’t order, investigate, be cautious, but US law also allows you to keep anything sent to you without obligation (you know, to prevent scams where people send you something you didn’t ask for and then sue you for an inflated purchase price).
Oh, and shop small / fuck Amazon if you are able.