Online Shopping Scams – Buyer BEWARE
Consumers lost $770 Million to scams originating from social media in 2021 (Federal Trade Commission Jan.2021)
Wouldn't it be nice if you would get a big giant warning sign & maybe a siren???
Use these tips to help you identify and protect yourself from fraud:
Verify the Website:
- Do and online search of the Seller. Use the Seller's name and the word "scam" to check them out before sending $ money $
- Only shop on secure websites with good reputations. The address should start with https:// That "s" means it is a SECURE website.
- Scammers tend to use similar spellings to fool you into thinking you're in the right place. So, check the spelling of the URL. When typing, a lowercase "R" and an "N" looks like an "M" (example: rn and m) Look Closely - see the difference?
Trust Your Instincts
- Dad always said, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Is the price amazingly low? I once saw a kayak for $99 - Yeah right - No Way!
- Look for typos and missing contact information. Other red flags might be poor English, missing punctuation or misspelling. Sometimes things such as "Terms and Conditions" might be missing.
- Do NOT use public wi-fi when shopping online. This seems like an easy one, but even hotels are offering free Wi-Fi when you stay with them. It's better to use a hotspot with a password or skip it!
Better yet ♥ SHOP LOCAL ♥