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Tip: Use a credit card and go online to confirm the correct dollar amount was withdrawn.