Please help me,my account have over 3300 dollar gift card balance but be closed

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The US laws require declaration above $10,000-- there is no limit to the amount that come in and go out of the US, it just has to be declared. So it is a little bit of a stretch to claim the seller "almost certainly violated US laws that restrict export of monetary instruments".

The problem may be that the gift cards were cloned and once activated, already spent before the OP got them. There are so many ways that people steal the gift card.

IGAGE was the seller really a daigou, ie overseas? Where did the daigou get the cards.
The sellers say they hired the buyer in the United States, took orders on taobao, and then sent the buyer in the United States to the store to buy a card and take a picture of the card and send the store receipt to the buyer on taobao to complete the transaction
 

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The sellers say they hired the buyer in the United States, took orders on taobao, and then sent the buyer in the United States to the store to buy a card and take a picture of the card and send the store receipt to the buyer on taobao to complete the transaction
In a word "money laundering". You have a very uphill battle. This type of explanation will not change Amazon's decision-it will reinforce it.
Use the Amazon contacts. Good luck.
 
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However, if I want to take action in China, I also need the invalid certificate of the gift card provided by amazon, otherwise, I can't apply for any compensation for this matter!

That's an excellent point and you should be able to get that. I suggest you send a letter to the registered agent (in the arbitration section of the terms and conditions) requesting that they either refund your money or provide a justification for confiscating it. This will go to their legal department and I expect they will respond. If they don't, file for arbitration where they will certainly have to respond. Amazon may have the right to confiscate teh gift card funds, but they dcan't do it without providing justification.
 
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The sellers say they hired the buyer in the United States, took orders on taobao, and then sent the buyer in the United States to the store to buy a card and take a picture of the card and send the store receipt to the buyer on taobao to complete the transaction
Was it just one gift card or multiple cards (each less than $500)? Did they sell the cards to you at a discount?
 
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Was it just one gift card or multiple cards (each less than $500)? Did they sell the cards to you at a discount?
I bought a lot of them, 500 of them, 100 of them, 50 of them, and the discount was huge.
But each time the card was sent to me for a very long time, and the seller explained that the buyer was in the process of buying a gift card
 
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In a word "money laundering". You have a very uphill battle. This type of explanation will not change Amazon's decision-it will reinforce it.
Use the Amazon contacts. Good luck.
I know I had some inconsistencies in my previous posts, but a big reason is that I used translation software My English is very poor.
Anyway, thank you for providing me with so many Suggestions, which enabled me to learn a lot about gift cards. I just started using amazon in September this year, and I don't know anything about it...
 
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That's an excellent point and you should be able to get that. I suggest you send a letter to the registered agent (in the arbitration section of the terms and conditions) requesting that they either refund your money or provide a justification for confiscating it. This will go to their legal department and I expect they will respond. If they don't, file for arbitration where they will certainly have to respond. Amazon may have the right to confiscate teh gift card funds, but they dcan't do it without providing justification.
Can I talk to a registered agent via email?
 
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I bought a lot of them, 500 of them, 100 of them, 50 of them, and the discount was huge.
But each time the card was sent to me for a very long time, and the seller explained that the buyer was in the process of buying a gift card
Not surprising. Think about it. They paid full price for the cards at US retail stores. But they sold them to you at a discount and paid TaoBao its fees. Not a very good business plan unless there's something illegal going on.
 

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I bought a lot of them, 500 of them, 100 of them, 50 of them, and the discount was huge.
But each time the card was sent to me for a very long time, and the seller explained that the buyer was in the process of buying a gift card
The huge discount says "money laudering".
 
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The huge discount says "money laudering".
Actually one of the biggest problems with gift cards is not money laundering, it is scams, usually by phone. Scam artists use any number of ways to convince people to buy gift cards, take photos of receipts and the scratches off back of the card. This information is then shipped out of country. By the time the victim figures out that they were scammed the money is gone and there is no way to track the cards. Amazon has been cracking down in its rules of card useage to try and stop this. Although the victims have still lost their money, the criminals won’t spend it either.
 
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Actually one of the biggest problems with gift cards is not money laundering, it is scams, usually by phone. Scam artists use any number of ways to convince people to buy gift cards, take photos of receipts and the scratches off back of the card. This information is then shipped out of country. By the time the victim figures out that they were scammed the money is gone and there is no way to track the cards. Amazon has been cracking down in its rules of card useage to try and stop this. Although the victims have still lost their money, the criminals won’t spend it either.
But oddly enough, when I first froze my account, the gift card was deemed valid and available after being checked by the account specialist
 
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