Amazon scam: Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM – cheaper new than used

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Since we've been on YouTube, I've been interested in Sony lenses that fit my Sony E1 full-frame system camera. And that's usually everything with an E-mount and the designation FE in the lens model name. The abbreviation FE stands for “Fullframe E-Mount” and indicates that the lens can be used for full-frame cameras.

Update: Warning: scam!

I thought to myself that the offer was too good to be true. The bottom line is that there was a scam going on here and I almost deleted the post, but then I thought it might be a better solution to describe here how the scam was attempted. This means that more people are informed about this scam and perhaps a few people have been protected from Amazon scammers.

Here's how it works: Payment outside of Amazon

After I submitted the order it took a few minutes. Then a message came from the seller “ML technology design” (Attention, the company name is being used without permission!), which was sent via the official Amazon page and therefore looked legitimate at first glance. The reason for the message was that payment for the product apparently did not go through.

The name ML-Technikdesign belongs to a German tool company that has nothing to do with this fraud. The fraudsters simply use this and unfortunately harm the company by damaging its reputation and name.

The message contained, among other things, this note:

A good day,

We have attempted to deduct the amount for your Amazon.de Marketplace order from your account. Payment for this order could not be completed. The seller has forwarded this warranty claim to Amazon for collection.

We hereby kindly ask you to transfer the outstanding amount of EUR 666.00 according to the attached invoices by January 15.01.2024, 88119268 (date of receipt of payment) at the latest, quoting the payment reference XNUMX, in order to be able to proceed with this order.

Please only state 88119268 as intended use. This is the only way we can clearly assign the payment to you.

Here is the screenshot of the message as it arrived in Apple Mail:

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The message also stated that the order was canceled. This sounds illogical at first glance, as it makes you as a customer think that no product will be shipped, but I think cancellation is the only way that allows the seller to send the buyer a message via Amazon. And this message is intended to encourage the buyer to pay for their order via bank transfer.

By bank transfer to an account in Spain. I hope that at this point the alarm bells are ringing for all buyers.

There was also a PDF attached to the message containing the bank details to which the money should be transferred. Here is the screenshot of this PDF:

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My mistake in the picture: ES stands for Spain and EE would be Estonia. This is just a supplement.

The PDF is specially provided with an Amazon look so that this message is also considered an official message from Amazon. In practical terms, however, this is a document that Amazon does not want under any circumstances.

Report fraud on Amazon

If you also have the case that a seller tries to get you to pay outside of Amazon, then you can be sure that it is a scam. To report this, follow these steps.

In the email message you received from the seller, there is a button that says “Report suspicious activity.” You click on this. Look here:

Report Amazon Fraud

If you click this button, you will be taken to a page on Amazon where you can choose why you find the message suspicious. In our case it is the point “The seller wants me to pay outside of Amazon.de.”

Report suspicious activity to Amazon

Please select this and then submit. Amazon is then informed, checks the process and hopefully kicks the seller out of the marketplace.

This concludes the update on fraud. I can still recommend both Sony lenses mentioned and I bought the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 used from a photo dealer. It cost 1000 euros, but I have a guarantee and it's not a scam.

This article is about the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM - in particular about a way to get it extremely cheap (Photo: Sony).
This article is about the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM - in particular about a way to get it extremely cheap (Photo: Sony).

Good for videographers: the Sony FE 24 mm f1.4 G-Master

The Sony 24 mm lens has enough wide angle so that you can position it with the camera on the other side of the desk and still have your upper body, head and a bit of the desk in the picture.

Since I'd like to make more explainer videos for YouTube, I've had the lens on my shopping list for a while. For our podcast (here on YouTube), however, we use the Sony FE 35mm f1,8. That's ok because then we'll move the camera further away anyway.

For my explanatory bear videos, I wanted the camera to be a little closer so that I could operate it directly from my desk.

Photo: Sony
Photo: Sony

Probably a mistake: 1.599 EUR lens for 666 EUR

I wanted to buy the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM, but until now it had always been too expensive for me. The “normal” price is almost 1.600 euros. If you look for offers at photo dealers, you can sometimes get it for 1.300 euros. With some cash-back deals sometimes for 1.100 euros.

And if you want to take the risk of buying it used from private sellers on eBay, you can find it for around 950 euros - but then with signs of wear and without any warranty.

Funnily enough, I just discovered it on Amazon for the unbeatable price of 666 euros. My first thought was: Surely a fraudulent, no-name dealer pulling some tricks. But so far I haven't found any problem. It is offered with a whopping 933 euros (58%) discount.

I jumped on it straight away because I'm pretty sure this is an unintentional error. But the retailer still has to sell the product for the price we buy it for online. So it's the opportunity to get a bargain here.

So that you know that I'm not talking nonsense, here is the screenshot of the offer (online on January 14.01.2024th, XNUMX):

The Sony FE 24mm GM for 666 EUR is definitely a good deal.
The Sony FE 24mm GM for 666 EUR is definitely a good deal.

Now that I know it's a scam: definitely don't order this lens when it's so cheap. Sometimes the saying “too good to be true” applies.

 

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6 comments on “Amazon scam: Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM – new cheaper than used”

    1. Hello Thomas! Thank you for your hint. Of course ES = Spain… it was a bit late yesterday. Sorry for the mistake! Greetings to NL from DE!

  1. Thank you for the very good article, as always!
    Personally, I have decided not to order expensive items from Amazon. 1.) Amazon pays little to no taxes in Germany, so a few more euros are well spent at a retailer in Germany and 2.) I definitely want to avoid the hassle with the exchanged goods (see https://www.heise.de/select/ct/2024/1/2321313294814656943
    Unpacking in front of the camera, How Amazon customers become victims of fraud, c’t 28/2023, p. 56 ... The complaint and regulation then took place over several weeks and escalation levels. Since then, all packages have been unpacked in front of the Ring camera at the door or filmed with an iPhone. And expensive tech things are no longer ordered from Amazon.
    As well as main article (paywall): https://www.heise.de/select/ct/2023/28/2230012194037275279

    1. Oh, wow! That's a bummer too. I haven't had any exchanged products yet. But unpacking in front of the camera is a good tip! Thanks for that. And of course: ordering from German, reputable dealers who also pay taxes here - that's the best thing you can do.

  2. Thank you for the explicit instructions for reporting fraud on Amazon. For us it was a Stihl chainsaw for half the price. The offer was too good to be real.
    I still have a small addition.
    When I wanted to log into my account at Amazon, the password recognition was a bit messy.
    We were taken straight from the Ideal Price Alert page to the Amazon shop.
    I then logged in as normal using the app and ordered.
    My password works fine here.
    The rest of the process was exactly as described in the text.
    LG Angelika

    1. Hello Angelica! Thanks for your addition. This is interesting that they even advertise on Idealo to send customers to their scam offer. This shows that they are ripping off enough people to actually be able to pay for advertising. Hopefully they didn't direct you to a phishing site and steal your Amazon password. That would be annoying. LG, Jens

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