Buyer Beware: Avoiding Shopping Scams

It has been described as an opportunity to obtain funds or other forms of services through fraudulent means, and it is rampant across our society. Otherwise known as a swindle, until the birth and popularity of the information superhighway, the swindle artist was somewhat restricted to confined areas. Thanks to the Internet and its popularity, especially in the area of shopping, anyone can fall victim to a fraud. Knowing what to look for in a possible swindle will be the first step to protecting yourself from becoming a victim. 

Not all information is created equal, and every website is an opportunity to extract information from the unsuspecting buyer, words of wisdom that should be followed by anyone serious about avoiding shopping scams. As we look for the best deals on the Internet, it is important to keep in mind that when we visit a website and offer to purchase something, we have to provide them with credit card information. The product has supposedly been shipped, and the website administrator has your credentials.Tip: Stick with big named companies you are familiar with, because by the time you realize that your purchases will not be arriving, it will be too late to do anything about the fact that the website no longer exists.

It does not take a shopping genius to figure out that if everyone is selling a particular item at one price, chances are that you cannot do much better. If you receive an offer in an email for the same item for a fraction of the cost, the odds are pretty good that you are going to be scammed, the only question is to what end. The first shopping mistake you need to avoid is to open the website link provided, that could be one way to get you. If you are not “caught” through clicking on the link, it probably means that they want more. You may be asked to sign in when you get to the website to become a preferred buyer, which in turn will make you think that it is legit. If you have to provide a bunch of personal information before you can even see something that you want to buy, there is a good chance that you will be scammed.

Tip: Do not click on links in your email.

When shopping for specific items it is possible to run across a website that may be unfamiliar. If there is something you see that you are interested in, doing business with them should only be considered after ensuring that they are operating above board. There are two steps to avoiding shopping scams before committing to any major purchase. The first step is to shoot an email off to them and wait for a response. Once you get a response that you are comfortable with, start by making a small purchase and watch for the arrival. If the product arrives in one piece, and you are happy with the service, then you should continue doing your shopping business with them.

Tip: Use a credit card and go online to confirm the correct dollar amount was withdrawn.

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