Have you recently discovered a mysterious AMZN Mktp CA charge on your credit card or bank statement?
Amzn Mktp Ca stands for Amazon Marketplace Canada and appears as a transaction description when you make a purchase on Amazon.ca. While most of these charges are legitimate, some have been associated with fraudulent activities.
Credit card fraud is rising, and younger victims are often the most common targets. Below, I’ll give you a little bit more background on the Amzn Mktp Ca charge, explain how to identify a legitimate Amazon charge and give you some tips on how to prevent fraudulent Amazon charges in the future.
- Amzn Mktp Ca refers to transactions made on Amazon.ca
- Review your bank statements for unfamiliar Amazon charges
- Investigate suspicious charges and secure your accounts if needed
Understanding Amzn Mktp Ca
I just checked my credit card statement, and sure enough, there was something that said AMZN Mktp Ca on the description:
I checked these transactions against my actual purchases on Amazon, and yes, they were legitimate.
To understand your Amzn Mktp Ca charge, first, review your recent order history on Amazon.ca. Look for transactions that match the date and amount indicated on your statement. If the charge corresponds with an order you placed, this confirms your payment for purchasing items on Amazon’s Canadian platform.
While the Amzn Mktp Ca charge is typically legitimate, it’s always a good idea to keep track of your online purchases and monitor your financial statements.
In rare cases, you might encounter fraudulent activities on your account. Scammers could have gotten access to your credit card info and charged it to Amazon somehow. Always verify the charges against your order history and promptly address any discrepancies with your financial institution or Amazon Customer Support.
Investigating Unfamiliar Charges
If you suspect that the Amzn Mktp Ca charge is fraudulent, follow these steps:
- Check Your Recent Amazon Orders: Log in to your Amazon account and review your recent order history. This can help you identify if the charge corresponds to a recent purchase. Amzn Mktp Ca charges are typically related to transactions made on Amazon’s Canadian marketplace.
- Review Your Amazon Subscription Services: If the charge doesn’t match a recent purchase, it could be related to an Amazon subscription service, such as Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, or Audible. Verify your current subscriptions and their billing dates to see if the charge is connected to one of these services.
- Analyze the Charge ID: Amzn Mktp Ca charges usually come with a unique 9-digit alphanumeric code, such as AMZN MKT CAM12345678 or Amazon.CAM12345678. Customer service can use this code to locate the specific charge when you contact them for assistance.
- Contact Amazon Customer Service: If you’re still unable to identify the charge, reach out to Amazon Customer Service for help. Provide them with the Charge ID and any other relevant information to assist with the investigation.
Tips To Prevent Fraudulent “Amzn Mktp Ca” Charges
Whether you’ve had $5 or $500 taken from you, it’s never a pleasant feeling. However, there are some things that you can do to prevent fraudulent or unauthorized Amazon purchases in the future.
For one, use a secure Amazon password. If you’re like most users, your Amazon account is likely packed full of sensitive information about you, such as:
- Your full name
- Your address
- Your family members’ names
- Your credit/debit card numbers
- Your purchase history
Data thieves can use some of this information later to steal your identity, so it’s imperative that you keep it safe and secure. You should use a password containing upper and lowercase letters, random numbers, and symbols.
Creating a great password once isn’t enough. Most cybersecurity professionals recommend changing your passwords at least once every three months. This adds an element of randomness and change to the equation, making it even harder for hackers and thieves to figure out your login credentials.
I know that it’s common practice to allow family members to access your Amazon account, but it’s never a good idea. Even if you allow your child to access your Prime Video account to watch a movie, they’ll still have your Amazon account password saved on their phone.
They could lose their phone or accidentally share it with someone less trustworthy. The next thing you know, your child’s friend’s older brother could be using your Amazon credentials to log into your account and make fraudulent purchases.
If you really want to be secure, you can avoid storing your card information on Amazon altogether.
While this will make it harder to make purchases on Amazon (as you’ll have to re-enter your card information every time), it ensures that nobody else can make purchases on your account without your consent.
This is more of a general card security tip, but it’s just as relevant.
Unfortunately, it’s common for credit/debit card information to be stolen at scam terminals or by dishonest workers who have access to your cards.
Legitimate card terminals may have an overlaid scanner to steal your card data. I’ve even heard of restaurant workers stealing card data when they take your card to pay for the cheque.
Always trust your gut, and avoid using your most valuable cards in unsavoury locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I cancel an ongoing Amazon Channels charge?
To cancel an ongoing Amazon Channels charge, log in to your Amazon.ca account, and go to “Your Account” > “Memberships and Subscriptions.” From there, find the specific channel you want to cancel, click on the “Cancel Channel” button, and confirm your cancellation.
What does an amazon.ca prime _v charge mean?
An “amazon.ca prime _v” charge typically refers to a subscription for an Amazon Video channel or Amazon Prime Video membership in Canada. These charges appear on your credit card statement when you subscribe to such a service.
The Amzn Mktp Ca charge has been associated with fraud and scams in the past, so it’s definitely a red flag worth noting. I recommend double-checking your Amazon account to see if the charge is associated with recent purchases. If not, it’s safe to assume the charge is illegitimate.
In some cases, fraud can get so bad that it may become necessary to switch bank accounts. Keep on reading for a step-by-step guide on how to switch your bank account in Canada!