Towards Safe Online Shopping: The Art of Dealing Effectively With Online Scams

Sabih By Sabih, 9th Jul 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Tips on how to shop safely on the internet by avoiding scams and online frauds.


In 2015, 86% of all identity frauds were carried online. Young people are the primary targets of online scams. It doesn’t matter whether you are in Africa, US or Asia, if you use the internet, you are at risk.

Online buyers are the ones who get scammed most often as they use their credit cards. Whether you are buying a new product from your computer or from your smartphone, the risk of getting scammed is fairly high. Even the smartphones and apps aren’t safe.

Every day hundreds, if not thousands, of customers are scammed unknowingly. Those who are scammed lose trust on the internet. They switch to conventional buying methods. In one way, internet frauds are not just impacting the ecommerce but they are moving customers away from ecommerce stores – especially in Asian countries.

How to Spot a Scammer

In order to avoid getting scammed, you have to learn the art of differentiating fraudulent online stores from legitimate ones. In most of the cases, it is quite simple.
1. Any product, offer, or a promise that sounds too good to be true is nothing but a scam. You have to look for these red flags. An ecommerce store selling the latest Samsung laptop at 50% discount (for no reason) is possibly a scam.
2. Watch out for unnecessary urgency, limited time offers, and countdown timers that force you to buy now. Unless it is an auction website, you don’t have to buy something instantly.
3. If your phone call is not attended and emails aren’t replied timely. Even if you get an over-friendly response, there is something fishy.
Always evaluate the ecommerce store on these three factors before you decide to do business. You do not have to check every store, for instance, there are reputable stores like Amazon, Walmart, etc. These guys will not scam you.

Tips to Avoid Getting Scammed

• Trust your gut feeling. If it doesn’t sound genuine, better stay away.
• Check the physical address, email addresses, and phone numbers of the store. It doesn’t harm to send an email to see if they respond. Also, try calling the store. Most of the con stores have fake phone numbers which is a clear indication that you are at the wrong place.
Reviews can be of great help. Customer testimonials and expert reviews show the real picture of the product as well as that of the seller.
• Do not share your bank account details or credit card number or any other information (financial or personal) with someone via email or skype.
• Make sure that the online store has https in the URL which ensures that your information is encrypted and is secure compared to information submitted on an http page which is not secure.
• If you see a PO Box in the company address, better stay away as PO Box numbers are not, as such, traceable. These are generally used by scammers to keep their identity hidden.
• Search for the same product on the internet. If it is offered by another trusted and more reliable store, buy it from there.

Next time, when you are buying something online make sure you are not dealing with a scammer, intentionally or unintentionally.


Fraud, Fraudsters, Online Scams, Safe Shopping

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