How to Spot a Fake Online Store
Claire Miles - May 21, 2022

Internet shopping has turned out to be one of the easiest forms of shopping. It is extremely accessible with no hassle of payment, standing in lines, or arguing for money. You will receive your parcel at your doorstep and can just pay at the ease of your own home. It is one of the most feasible ways of shopping yet online shopping is not all fun and games. With accessibility, one has to deal with scammers and liars who can illegally consume your money or even send you a faulty product.

 

Cropped shot of young Asian woman holding a paper shopping bag, managing online banking with mobile app on smartphone.

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To recognize online scammers it is essential that you go through the entire website. Make sure that the website is not full of advertisements. Look out for reviews that will not only give you a better view of the quality of the product. Furthermore, you can also ask around your friends. Ask through your social media or Twitter and see if you can find any reviews. You can also contact their head office and demand some raw and unedited pictures of the product that you may be ordering. It is essential that you complete your own research before trusting a website with a product.

 

Moreover, avoid buying products from websites that are recommended by advertisements on your socials. These are majorly just because the owner may have boosted their profile so you may begin seeing such posts again and again. Another important tip is to avoid paying by bank transfer. Bank transfer is one of the most unreliable ways of making a payment as it may lead to confusion later on. Payments done through bank transfer have no valid proof. Paying for something through credit or debit cards involves the bank which may help you retrieve your money in case of any loss, however, with bank transfer it gets extremely difficult to claim your money.

 

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