I recently called Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) because I was having issues with my book cover on their cover creator. I had to google a phone number because I couldn’t find one listed on my KDP account.
When I called the first number that popped up a man answered with a foreign accent. I explained my situation and he told me that Amazon is now charging to publish books. He needed payment before he could help me.
I had gotten no email about this and had not heard any talk of it in the indie author forums I follow. These people would know!
He asked me to pay $49.99 with a google play card for a one year payment.
I told him to hold his breath – it would be arriving shortly.
I hung up and continued my search for the correct number for KDP.
Hope he has turned blue by now!
I did relate my experience to the guy who answered at Amazon. He didn’t seem too worried.
The girl from KDP who helped me with my cover-related problem was in awe at what had happened. BTW – she walked me quickly through my technical problem with no glitches – and didn’t charge me! Ha!
KDP has amazing customer service. They were not connected to this phone scam in any way.
I’ve been seeing a lot in the news about scams related to google play cards. They always involved calls to your phone from deadbeats wanting to scam you out of your hard earned cash. A lot of older people have fallen for these scams.
Once they have you convinced you owe them money or owe for a service they ask you to pay quickly with a google play card. You give them the numbers from the card and they use it to purchase other gift cards online that can not be traced. It all happens in a matter of minutes.
Wouldn’t it be funny if people gave them fake numbers? I have half a mind to have some numbers handy for the next time they think they are going to play me for a fool!
Most people receive these calls. I had to be different and call them! I searched again this morning and the number I called has been removed.
Beware! It’s a mad, mad, world! This is a public service message…
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