Are you buying more online now? It is convenient. It’s quick. But is it safe?
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) found that online shopping scams have been in the first three types of scams since 2017. With This year social distancing at limit exposure, and many companies previously closed and now slowly reopening with limited hours, many consumers are turning to online shopping for home delivery. Corn predators are profiting from this increase in online shopping.
BBB reports that in 2020 so far, 64% of reported scams come from online shopping, with a staggering 80.5% of consumers reporting they or they lost money of these scams.
What is an online shopping scam?
Online shopping scams typically involve purchasing products and / or services through a website. Scammers come up with attractive offers, corn no product/the service is provided once payment has been made. Or crooks pretend to buy an item, but then send a fake check and request reimbursement of the “accidental” overpayment.
Outsmart the crooks with prevention tips
BBB useful offer information and advice to stay safe from online shopping scams and many other types of scams, like scams for rental, employment, credit card and debt relief, tax collection, health care, and identity theft.
- Never send money by gift card or wire transfer to someone you’ve never met in person.
- Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in unsolicited emails.
- Don’t believe everything you see.
- Make sure your online purchase is secure before paying.
- Be extremely careful when dealing with someone you have met online.
- Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you in an unsolicited manner, whether by phone, email, social media, even at your doorstep.
- Resist the pressure to act immediately.
- Use secure and traceable transactions.
- Where possible, work with local businesses.
- Be careful what you share on social media.
Find more advice at the Better Business Bureau
BBB offers a scam tracker to find local scams in your area, a way to file a complaint, and one weekly Scam alert E-mail to stay up to date on the latest tips and tricks from scammers to stay ahead of them.
Protect your health. Protect your family. And guard against crooks.
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