Scam Alert🚨📢:Episode 02:Social media fraud (shopping scams)

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Scam Alert🚨📢:Episode 02:Social media fraud (shopping scams)

Regarding social media scams, the most popular is the online shopping scam using websites like Amazon, as reported by the Federal Trade Commission. In this example of the scamming process, the scammers will open a lot of fake online stores and imitate the names of many well-known brands. It then convinces people to purchase these products using something as small as offers or discounts. After the payment is made, the victims are left with a consideration that consists of a poor-quality product or nothing at-all.

Once the money is sent, it may take a while before a poor-quality product is shipped, or even nothing at all.

Here are some signs of social media scams

  • Unimaginable low prices: Beware of offers that appear to be highly attractive and probably too obvious to be genuine.
  • Limited or no contact information on the website: The contact information given by con artists is usually very limited or not given at all.
  • Negative reviews or no reviews: Opt for sites with genuine buyer testimonials; if such evaluations are adverse or lacking, the company could be fake.
  • No secure payment options: Any genuine seller shall always offer security when the buyers are making their payments. Stay away from websites that do not display security measures.

You can avoid shopping scams and social media fraud by following these tips:

  • Research the seller: It is crucial to ensure the seller is authentic by checking the reviews and any other online information about the seller.
  • Use secure payment methods: Several payment apps and secure methods like a credit card should be adopted to avoid wire transfers.
  • Look for HTTPS: When deciding to shop at a particular online store, make certain the website address begins with “https://”.
  • Check return policies: Real and genuine sellers are always All legitimate sellers will have well-stated return and refund policies.
  • Verify contact information: For any genuine business, always make sure to include the contact details. Especially do not buy from those that have limited or no information provided.

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Sahana Posted new comment 4 days ago

Thanks for the heads up about fake online stores. I will defo check those security tips next time I shop online! Looking forward to your next post too!

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Thanks for the heads up about fake online stores. I will check those security tips next time I shop online! Looking forward to your next post too!

Sahana Edited answer June 25, 2024
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