Amazon Gift Card Problem

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I got this email from Amazon early hours of this morning. I'm confused. It's no longer invalid gift cards but now my account was closed because it's related to a previous closed accounts? OMG... This is the only account I operate and it has never been closed only restricted for verification and after they verified it was reinstated. This was early last year when I started shopping weekly on like my previous years. I'm totally confused!!!
 
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Again, at this point your only option is to
hire an attorney. There is really nothing more we can do for you.
If I may ask, is there anyone here who has an account specialist or top amazon executive members email or contact? At least on should be able to contact them directly.
Can an attorney in another country outside the US sue or just an attorney in the US. I don't live in the US.

This is very frustrating!!!
 
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I just do not see the basic math behind this. If you can spend only $100/month internationally, then you needed 10 years to accumulate $12,000 worth of Amazon gift cards. How could you spend above this $4000-6000 weekly if you can get only 100$ worth of Amazon gift card per month.
The only way to do this buying extremely discounted Amazon gift cards.
 
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I'll like to thank everyone on here my account has been restored. All I did was call customer care, gave them my details as usual then I told the customer care I needed to speak with his supervisor which he did.
I explained my ordeals and put me on hold and sent a message to an account specialist they chatted and as she was about to convey the message passed to her to me from the account specialist my phone went offline. I was furious and very worried. In a matter of minutes I received an email saying my account has been restored. I want to thank you all once again especially to all the people that didn't have any negative thoughts. God bless you!!! IMG_2324.PNG
 
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I just do not see the basic math behind this. If you can spend only $100/month internationally, then you needed 10 years to accumulate $12,000 worth of Amazon gift cards. How could you spend above this $4000-6000 weekly if you can get only 100$ worth of Amazon gift card per month.
The only way to do this buying extremely discounted Amazon gift cards.

Limit on a single bank account.
 
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In post number 19 you mentioned that your shippers are having issues. Could it be that your reputation has been sullied by your shippers and Amazon has reacted to multiple bad reviews by seizing on the easiest excuse for terminating your account?
Well I don't think so but my account has been reinstated. Thanks
 

jsn55

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This is a stunning surprise and absolutely wonderful! I do believe you are the first OP who has ever been able to communicate properly with Amazon. Well done! I am very, very happy for you.

So we can better advise others, can you list the steps you took to get your account restored? Was this your first direct phone call? If we are advising someone new, should they call Amazon first, or try taking care of the issue through emails? We'd appreciate your assistance so we can advise the next person with an Amazon problem.
 
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I hope it was from using our contacts! This is good to know for folks in the future that might have this problem.

Did they tell you what the issue was?
I actually didn't make use of your contacts. But in the nearest future if such occurs I'll make use of it. They didn't tell me what the problem or issue was.
 

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They didn't tell me what the problem or issue was.
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And they won't. Hopefully, you will find a different way to do whatever you were doing with $12,000 worth of gift cards. You do not want to end up here again with a similar problem because, based on our experience, you got very lucky -- next time you might not. Amazon gift cards and all of their uses/rules are a mystery and we have not been able to crack the mystery -- YET :cool:
 
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I got this email from Amazon early hours of this morning. I'm confused. It's no longer invalid gift cards but now my account was closed because it's related to a previous closed accounts? OMG... This is the only account I operate and it has never been closed only restricted for verification and after they verified it was reinstated. This was early last year when I started shopping weekly on like my previous years. I'm totally confused!!!
I'm glad your account was reinstated.

Google and I have been able to determine that, if a gift card that is fraudulent is used on an amazon account, amazon will close that account and mark it as an invalid account.
If that gift card is then sold again, and used on another account, the gift card causes that account to be linked to the prior 'invalid/closed' account, and the second account is closed as well.

I have no ideas under what circumstances you purchase your gift cards, nor am I interested in hearing about it.

I will say that, (obviously), if you are participating in fraudulent gift card activity, this is a no-no :) As well, you should beware of gift card offers that are too good to be true - these are the stolen gift cards. If this occurs again, Amazon will shut your account down and ignore you, regardless of your $12k balance. You will have to hire an attorney to get your money back.

In fact, your $12k balance alone already has them watching you. google and I discovered that they monitor any account that has more than $750 in it. If any of that is illegal money, they know it and are just waiting for you to try and use it or withdraw it, and will close your account at that point.

There is a doctrine in the legal system called the clean hands doctrine. It essentially says that the person bringing suit must have not participated in ANY illegal activity surrounding the suit.

The example usually given is, a drug dealer cannot bring suit against a customer because the customer robbed him. And/or someone attempts to purchase illegal drugs and they are ripped off. A consumer cant recover if they have participated in illegal activity.

The lesson here is, if fraudulent gift cards become mixed in with non fraudulent gift cards, Amazon will shut your account down and you most likely wont have a legal leg to stand on, because you participated in fraud, and they can prove it.

Be very aware, you are on their radar. they are watching you.

That said, congrats on getting your account reinstated, happy selling, happy buying, have a great day! :)
 
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jsn55

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I'm glad your account was reinstated.

Google and I have been able to determine that, if a gift card that is fraudulent is used on an amazon account, amazon will close that account and mark it as an invalid account.
If that gift card is then sold again, and used on another account, the gift card causes that account to be linked to the prior 'invalid/closed' account, and the second account is closed as well.

I have no ideas under what circumstances you purchase your gift cards, nor am I interested in hearing about it.

I will say that, (obviously), if you are participating in fraudulent gift card activity, this is a no-no :) As well, you should beware of gift card offers that are too good to be true - these are the stolen gift cards. If this occurs again, Amazon will shut your account down and ignore you, regardless of your $12k balance. You will have to hire an attorney to get your money back.

In fact, your $12k balance alone already has them watching you. google and I discovered that they monitor any account that has more than $750 in it. If any of that is illegal money, they know it and are just waiting for you to try and use it or withdraw it, and will close your account at that point.

There is a doctrine in the legal system called the clean hands doctrine. It essentially says that the person bringing suit must have not participated in ANY illegal activity surrounding the suit.

The example usually given is, a drug dealer cannot bring suit against a customer because the customer robbed him. And/or someone attempts to purchase illegal drugs and they are ripped off. A consumer cant recover if they have participated in illegal activity.

The lesson here is, if fraudulent gift cards become mixed in with non fraudulent gift cards, Amazon will shut your account down and you most likely wont have a legal leg to stand on, because you participated in fraud, and they can prove it.

Be very aware, you are on their radar. they are watching you.

That said, congrats on getting your account reinstated, happy selling, happy buying, have a great day! :)
You are a wonder, SAS! Terrific information.