What’s in this box? A new iPhone or a fancy kitchen gadget? It’s all part of a $1 Amazon deal shared on Facebook that looks so good it makes Prime Day too expensive. But it’s not a deal; it is a scam.
Several Facebook posts allege that Amazon has so many lost and unclaimed packages piling up in its warehouses that the company is offering them to customers for just $1 each.
“Usually Amazon can throw away these packages, but now they are running a promotion and offering random packages for just $1! You can easily get appliances, iPhones, kitchen items or other items! a post read.
Some of the messages are linked to a registration form to receive one of these packages. But before you spend your hard-earned money, pump the brakes – this link leads to a malware scam.
The posts were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with facebook.)
We clicked on the link in one of the Facebook posts and immediately received a warning from Google that it was a misleading site called noriat.com. We entered the site into ScamAdviser.com, which rates websites on their trustworthiness and scored extremely low Trust Score – just one in a hundred.
Other Facebook posts used different links advertising packages for around $1. But we found that the results were the same: they all led to faulty websites; none of these messages were from Amazon. We contacted Amazon for a comment, but received no response.
In a article About malware protection, the University of Georgia Office of Information and Technology CAES said a link posted on Facebook doesn’t mean it’s safe,
“There are many malicious sites designed to be shared on Facebook and bring victims to their site,” the article said. “Facebook has cracked down on this and even though the results are positive, you still need to be careful what you click on.”
Postal Times, postal news aggregation site, reported that it’s legal to buy unclaimed packages from both Amazon and the United States Postal Service, but there’s a safer way to do it. Like the New York Times reported in June, companies like Liquidity Services collect surplus and returned goods from major retailers like Amazon and resell them, often for pennies on the dollar.
Liquidation.com auctions Amazon packages that people can bid on. CBS reports packages were also sold at local exchange meetings. NPR has also Underline YouTubers buying pallets of returned goods at auction and revealing the contents.
Facebook posts shared a claim that Amazon is offering unclaimed boxes of random items for $1.
But the link in these Facebook posts leads to a malicious site with a high potential to harm the devices of people who click on it.
Although the Facebook posts are fake, people can buy unclaimed Amazon packages through legitimate websites like Liquidation.com.
We rate Facebook’s claim that Amazon sells boxes for $1 False.