Identify Fake Website Stores and Scams

This site has no physical address or phone number; the domain name is hidden behind WhoisGuard, a service that hides the owner of a domain. This site is probably a fake.

When searching for bargains on the Internet be cautious of sites that offer deals that are too good to be true. Scammers create fake shopping websites full of popular products offered at great discounts.
For example: a search to find a deal on an iPad might lead you to a site selling one for $40. Since no other sites on the internet are selling iPad’s for $40, the site is probably a fake.
Scammers hope people will be fooled and enter their credit card information to buy the product. In reality there is no product and the scammer now has your contact and credit card information.

How to avoid scam shopping websites:

  1. Stick to known shopping sites you have used in the past
  2. Look for the sites contact information and a physical address, call and see if you can reach a live person during normal business hours
  3. Check rating websites to see if the store is listed (Better Business Bureau, Bizrate)
  4. Does the store have accurate product information? Scammers often copy content from other sources on the internet for their product descriptions and rarely care about accuracy
  5. If the site only accepts money orders, cash, or other untraceable / unrecoverable forms of payment, the site is probably a fake
  6. Search the Internet for reviews and customer feedback. The more feedback about a site, the better chance the site is real
  7. Look at who is the registered the domain name owner. If the name is hidden or not registered to the company, the website is probably a fake. Check domain registrations at www.whoisxy.com

If you do enter your credit card information into a fake shopping website, immediately contact your credit card company for assistance.

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