Nintendo Switch Scams Pops Up on Amazon, How to Spot the Fakes [VIDEO]

31 March 2017, 6:19 am EDT By Charles Lim Mobile & Apps

There is currently a short supply of Nintendo Switch consoles in the market, which has resulted in bloated prices for the units that are available. It is actually common to see significant markups from sellers who are looking to make a profit from their recently bought units. However, new Nintendo Switch units are apparently popping up in Amazon that seems to offer the console at a discounted price.

According to a report from Polygon, almost all of the listings on Amazon that offers the console at lower prices than the sticker price were found to be scams. There is apparently an ongoing modus operandi where scammers would create multiple new accounts and then list down popular items below the market price to trick customers into buying from them.

With the scarcity of the Nintendo Switch consoles, no one in their right mind would be foolish enough to sell a unit below the suggested retail price. However, Nintendo Switch consoles in Amazon seems to be popping up, with most being offered at ridiculously low prices, as per a couple of Reddit users. Some units are even being offered for as low as $82.

Spotting the scam Nintendo Switch Listings

There are actually numerous red flags to look out for when trying to buy a Nintendo Switch online. First on the list is the account itself. If the account is relatively new and there are no reviews or feedback, then it would be best to stay away. Secondly, if the price is too good to be true, then it probably is.

Thirdly, some of the listings do indicate a suspiciously long shipping date. There is really no reason for a seller to hold on to his stocks, as most legitimate sellers will be able to ship the unit immediately after payment. The scammers usually list a one or two-week shipping date, which will give them the time to receive the money before Amazon shuts down the transaction and the account.

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