In the United States alone, online sales during the holiday shopping season are estimated at approximately $ 207 billion. Almost 20 percent of them are transactions made on the occasion of Black Friday. Not only consumers will go hunting, but also scammers who will want to take advantage of the confusion associated with the shopping frenzy. There are several proven ways to avoid falling victim to fake sellers.
- Fraudsters can, among other things Tempt with ads for large sales of popular gifts that are not in stock or are hard to find in other stores
- To avoid a costly mishap while shopping, it is enough to follow a few proven rules
- Consumers are not safe even after purchase. Product delivery is also fertile ground for fraud
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Fake retailers, social media scams, and out of package scams are some of the most common abuses you can observe during the holiday season.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are getting closer. Consumers should therefore be more vigilant when shopping.
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Watch out for big sales of popular gifts
Dishonest sellers using fake websites can tempt consumers with ads for big sales of popular gifts that are not in stock or hard to find elsewhere.
The problem may now be more acute than in previous years due to supply chain problems and higher prices for some goods. According to Adobe Analitics, consumers are expected to pay an average of 9% in 2021. more during Cyber Week compared to 2020
Out of stock notifications remained high throughout 2021 and will remain a challenge this season
– reported Adobe Analitycs in its annual holiday purchasing forecast.
There are some telltale signs of cheating: the fake website domain name will contain an irrelevant letter or number. It may also contain grammatical errors or limited contact information.
Consumers should read customer reviews or search for the company name on the internet with the word “scam” added, advises Social Catfish.
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A flood of social media scams
According to the US Federal Trade Commission, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube “are becoming a hotbed of fraud.” The federal agency notes that more harmful content appeared on these websites during the pandemic.
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During the holiday season, brands and influencers usually offer free gifts in the form of Instagram products. Fraudsters can advertise the chance to win a Christmas prize by placing malicious links in Instagram posts and stealing consumers’ personal information.
About 38 percent American consumers have reported that they have made a purchase in the last 12 months by clicking on an ad on social media. This can lead them to a cloned website of a legitimate store or download malware onto the device used.
Consumers should be careful about social media accounts without a blue check mark (platforms use them to verify the real page against followers) and pay attention to typos and accounts with little content.
See also: Bad news for trading just before Black Friday. Europeans buy less than they did before the pandemic
Unsafe product deliveries
Consumers are not necessarily safe even after purchase – product delivery is also a breeding ground for abuse.
Scammers can pretend to be from a known shipping company by shipping SMS or e-mail with a link to track the shipment. Clicking on the link allows criminals to steal the consumer’s personal and financial data. Fraudsters can also leave voicemail messages or put a “missed delivery” label on the consumer’s door with a number to call to verify their details.
About a third of US adults have received a fake notification from someone claiming to work for a major US shipping company, reporting an alleged problem with the package.
Never click on a link or call back the number from an unexpected delivery notification. In this case, please contact the shipping company directly using a verified number or website.