Beware Fraud Shopping Sites #AAH
Sometimes, in a hurry to receive “too good to be true” offers, we become victims of fraud shopping sites. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably false. Beware fraud shopping sites.
Few pointers to watch out for while shopping online:
- Are products advertised at unbelievably low price
- Do features sound too good to be true?
- If site insists on instant upfront payment
- Tries to attract with vouchers/ offers on immediate payment
- Inadequate privacy, refund, return information
- No secure gateway for payments
Such sites are likely to be a scam
Practices for safe shopping online:
- Use trusted sites rather than shopping with a search engine. Scammers can game search results to lead you astray.
- Do comparison shop. Check prices from multiple retailers to help determine if a deal you’ve seen really is too good to be true.
- Research an unfamiliar product or brand. Search for its name with terms like “scam” or “complaint,” and look for reviews.
- Check that phone numbers and addresses on store sites are genuine, so you can contact the seller in case of problems.
- Closely read delivery, exchange, refund and privacy policies. If they are vague or nonexistent, take your business elsewhere.
- Double check URLs and app names. Misplaced or transposed letters are a scam giveaway but easy to miss.
- Don’t assume a retail website is safe because it is encrypted. Many scam sites use encryption, indicated by a padlock icon or “https://” in front of the URL, to provide a false sense of security. Use other means, like those listed to the left, to confirm if a site is legit.
- Don’t provide more information than a retailer needs. That should be only your billing information and the shipping address.
- Don’t use sites that require you to download software or enter personal information to access coupons or discount codes.
Don’t be in a rush, be mindful.
Stay strong, stay aware, stay safe. Please mask up.
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