It’s the time of year to be aware of and how to avoid online shopping scams. Stats show that over 50% of people have been scam victims on social media. The problem is that they are usually fooled into clicking on what looks like a legitimate website link.
How to Avoid Online Shopping Scams
These tips can help keep you, your credit cards, and your identity safe while doing online shopping this holiday season. The first one is to have up to date anti-virus protection, which is a big help too.
To avoid online scams, look for contact information, a physical address, or details such as the store’s return policy. All of these indicate an online shopping site is genuine.
Be wary of sites that don’t have this information.
Sites with poor grammar, deals that are too good to be true, and spelling errors are more likely to be scams, too.
If you’re online shopping, try to avoid using public Wi-Fi. If a shopping site requires you to pay by money transfer, by using a third party, only with cash or with a gift card, avoid that site at all costs!
Phony websites seem to spring up mostly during the holidays. They often have poorly explained return and shipping policies. Sometimes, they have website names similar to those of a trustworthy, familiar retailer or brand.
And finally, never respond to emails about shipping or billing that don’t seem to apply to any purchase you made.