Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet Support Sites


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I recently heard about people getting scammed by third-party support sites for Kindle ereaders and Fire tablets. There’s a discussion about one particular scam site on Amazon’s Kindle forum.

I didn’t know it was such a big deal until I typed “kindle tech support” into Google search. The first couple of listings are legit. Then beyond that it’s mostly one scam site after another. Even if they aren’t scamming people to steal their personal information, charging $100 or more for Kindle support is an absolute scam itself.

To me it seems obvious. If you have a Kindle or Fire tablet issue go through Amazon’s support directly, not some third-party service or site.

The one problem with that is a lot of these scams site try to make it look like they are associated with Amazon, or they provide better and faster support than Amazon.

Basically you shouldn’t trust any site to provide any kind of Kindle support that doesn’t have Amazon.com in the site address url.

Most importantly, never pay for Kindle support.

Amazon always offers Kindle support for free; they don’t offer any paid services for Kindle support of any kind. Amazon doesn’t even offer an official repair service for Kindle ereaders or Fire tablets, but they will sometimes offer you a discount on buying a new one if it’s beyond the warranty period.

A lot of the scam sites want you to call an 800 number or install some software on your computer. Don’t fall for it.

If you want to call Amazon support, the official numbers are below. Don’t trust numbers you find on these support websites because they just direct to some scammer in some other country. Anyone can get an 800 number and pretend they are Kindle support.

Amazon has a couple different numbers listed on their website for contacting support:

Amazon Support Phone Numbers

Toll free: 1-888-280-4364
International: 1-206-266-2992

1-866-321-8851 (inside the United States)
1-206-266-0927 (outside the United States)

For more customer support options, see Amazon’s Contact Page (sign in required) and Amazon’s Device support page for help with specific Kindles and tablets.

2 Responses to “Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet Support Sites”

  1. Amazon offered me discounts on pre-owned Paperwhite and Fire models when my 1st Gen Paperwhite was sadly destroyed well past its warranty. I didn’t feel comfortable with a pre-owned model and paid full price for a Gen 2 Paperwhite (the current gen at the time.)

  2. Unfortunately, it appears some Kindle users are calling the valid Amazon support numbers, then being directed by Amazon customer support to scam agencies. This happened to my stepmother recently, and you’ll find reference to this problem on Amazon’s own message boards: http://amzn.to/1V1W375

    In my stepmother’s case, she was told to call a company going by the name MCT Experts. That company told her to mail a $250 check to have her Kindle repaired–by removing the infamous (and fictitious) Koobface virus, actually. The address where they told her to send the check was MCT Experts, 848 N. Rainbow Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89107. If you google that address, you’ll find that it’s just a rented mailbox.

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