Beware of online shopping scams, shopping online can be a great experience for any one, you can browse through an almost unlimited amount of your favorite products with out any pressure from retailers pestering you into buying something that you do not particularly need.
However with this convenience of shopping online there unfortunately is a down side and that is scams, fortunately all you need to do is look out for the warning signs when you are about to make a purchase online.
With the latest and greatest technology available today we all just take things for granted, and usually do not take enough notice of warning signs that can give us a glue to something is not quite right, and the same applies when you are shopping online there are little things that usually go unnoticed until it is to late, scammers main target are the products that online stores are selling to there customers, this starts when they set up a fake website to look identical to popular online shops.
Online stores unfortunately can be duplicated to resemble even the most well known online shops, when you search for a product or even when you search for your favorite online store you may end up on the fake store and not the real one, these type of fake shops can be very sophisticated in there design you can search through the store and select a product that you like and proceed to check out, however when you check out the credit will go into the scammers account and not into the legitimate store account and your product will never be sent out to you.
Scammers will use unusual types of payment systems when you check out at the store, and these usually include a money order, pre loaded money card or they may ask for a money transfer, when an online shop asks you for any of these payment systems be aware that it could be a scam, most online stores accept credit cards like master card or visa, or paypal as a verified payment type, you can still get scammed with these payments but if the scam is targeting the security of the card issuer you can at least claim your purchase amount back if you get scammed.
There are many other warning signs that you may be on a scammers website, if the product is advertised at an unbelievable discount that is to good to be true you may be getting scammed, When an online store fails to provide detailed information on there privacy statement, terms and conditions for product returns, dispute resolution or do not provide any form of contact information like an email address or phone number be very aware that this could be a scam you could always check if the company is a legitimate one and actually exists this will at least lesson the risk.
There are various ways that you can protect your self when you are shopping online, make sure there is a green lock in the browser bar this indicates that you are shopping on a secure website, and always check the green lock is still there when you move onto the payments page, try to not leave credit card details for other purcasers that you may make on the stores website, only use secure payment methods like master card or visa and paypal accounts, do not use wire transfer or bitcoin etc as you will never recover any money when you have been scammed.
Sammers can also set up legitimate websites with all the relevant policy statements, terms and conditions, return policies etc, but they will be selling you fake goods this type of scam usually involves products that are very expensive to buy, but can be faked very easily or are made in a country where the product is not manufactured, products like clothing, shoes and high fashion goods are a common target for this type of scammer, more than likely you will receive your product but it will be fake and you may never notice, the scammers continue to do this until the risk is to high then shut up shop and move on.