Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of scams on the internet. Specifically online shopping scam sites. According to Ripoffreport.com, people fall for these scams all the time. As an avid online shopper, and eBayer, I’m hyper-aware of scams on the internet. Some are obvious and some are more subtle. Since scam sites do not seem to be going away anytime soon, here’s how to recognize internet shopping scams.
1. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
Many scam sites pride themselves on “lower prices”. However, many people find when they order from a scam website they either don’t receive what they paid for, or they have extra charges on their credit cards. Most Toms Shoes pins on Pinterest lead to scam sites. Be wary of offers of ‘cheap’ products, and ‘outlet’ prices.
2. Whenever going on a site, always check out the ‘About Us’ and ‘FAQ’ pages. If it sounds wrong, it is. Also be aware of any misspellings or typos.
Genuine websites will not have any misspellings or typos.
3. Know where the product is coming from.
Be wary of international sellers. You might be receiving an inauthentic product, or fall victim to identity theft.
4. Pay attention to the URL.
A lot of scam webpages look eerily similar to the business they are trying to defraud.
Know the URL of the website you are on. Fraud sites will always have a different URL to the real one. Numbers (e.g. 2014), Sale and Cheap are a few watch words to know if you have come across a fraudulent website.
5. If you are unsure of the website, use PayPal.
6. Don’t trust the ‘VeriSign Secured’ images.
It is way too easy to add a Secured website or BBB Accredited business image to a webpage. If you see the above images on a site you are not sure about, do not automatically trust it because of these images. If you want to make sure a business is accredited, search for it on the BBB website, here.
If all else fails and you are still unsure, go to the ‘Contact Us’ page and give the business a call. Don’t send an email, call and speak with a person. Genuine webpages will have a customer service number that you can call.
It is all too easy to fall prey to scams on the internet, but by paying close attention you can avoid the trouble that giving fraudulent websites your personal information can bring.