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I've never tried it, but it looks reasonably safe. I'm trying to buy an ATV, and it's a rather expensive toy (for me, at least). I've found a seller with the product I want - better, in fact - at a price I can afford, but he's in Montana and wants to use Amazon Payments to close the deal. Their buyer protection program only covers $2500, and this is a $3000 purchase, so I'd only be risking $500 on this venture. Does anyone here have any experience buying stuff this way? Is Amazon reliable in honoring their guarantee?
That's what I do, so I was surprised - just after I posted here - that the email from Amazon, while looking completely authentic, requested a payment to a private party using a wire transfer. I did a bit of whois-fu on the return address of the email (checkout-amazons.com) and discovered it to be a just-registered domain.
I've pdf'd all the emails, along with the whois results, and I plan to send them to the FBI and Amazon. Happily, he included instructions, his name and an address for the wire transfer, which they should find very helpful.