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This holiday season, don’t be tempted by too-good-to-be-true prices when shopping online. Many of these deals are scams, stealing both money and personal information from victims.
With a long shopping list this holiday season, you are trying to save money by finding good deals online. A web search, social media post, maybe even a fake retail app leads you to a site that appears to sell high-priced items — such as designer clothing or electronics — at steep discounts. The deals are amazing. For example, one scam website offers $400 designer handbags for $49. The website looks real: it has the company logo, photos of products, and even uses the brand name in the URL.
No matter how good the deals seem, don’t fall for it! In the best-case scenario, you will be purchasing counterfeit goods. Even worse, some shopping scam victims report unauthorized charges on their credit cards after purchasing from such companies. Sharing personal information with scammers opens you up to the risk of identity fraud.
Here’s how to spot a fake website:
Read more about safe online shopping on the Federal Trade Commission website https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0020-shopping-online. To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker bbb.org/scamtracker.
Learn more from Wisconsin BBB at www.bbb.org/wisconsin or 414-847-6000 (metro Milwaukee), 920-734-4352 (Appleton), 608-268-2221 (Madison) or 1-800-273-1002 (elsewhere in Wisconsin). Consumers also can find more information about how to protect themselves from scams by following the Wisconsin BBB on Twitter, Facebook and You Tube.