A British man who ordered a bitcoin miner from Amazon worth $5,000 has been left shocked and disappointed to receive a copy of animated film ‘Boss Baby’ on DVD instead.
Ichim Bogdan Cezar bought a Bitmain AntMiner S9 from a seller on Amazon Marketplace, according to reports in the British press this week.
However, instead of receiving the miner he purchased, Cezar received a copy of Boss Baby, seemingly in error. On further inspection, he was shocked to discover several negative reviews, highlighting similar experiences.
Some previous customers had received goods including tape, pens, and other small items from the same seller, Minifigures Direct Ltd. All of the reviews concerned non-delivery of AntMiner units.
Despite ordering the miner last year, Cezar initially experienced difficulty in claiming a refund, and found the seller to be unresponsive. However, he has since received a refund from Amazon, although he had to wait until this month to finally receive it.
Speaking to The Herald, Cezar told of the stressful and unsettling experience, and the impact it had on him, given the size of the purchase.
“Obviously it’s great that they will finally process a refund for me but it shouldn’t have taken that long, especially when there is such a big amount of money involved.”
At the time of press, Minifigures Direct Ltd. had no items listed for sale on Amazon, and bears numerous negative reviews from customers similarly affected.
According to reports, several of the other customers affected have also since received refunds for the full amount spent, although it is unclear whether these have been recovered from the seller.
While Cezar’s story has had a somewhat happy ending, there have been plenty of other reports of people being scammed buying cryptocurrency accessories from online marketplaces.
One scam saw sellers offering physical cryptocurrency wallets, which the scammers used to simply steal cryptocurrency from unsuspecting buyers.
As cryptocurrency continues to grow in prominence, and especially as more new investors enter the fray, the potential for scams of this kind will likely persist.
As a result, consumer watchdogs and regulators are urging those buying wallets, mining equipment and other accessories to exercise caution and do their homework first before parting with their money.