Holiday Shopping Season Warning: Holiday Shoppers Beware of Online Shopping Scams!

Hello Holiday Shoppers, from next month a Holiday Shopping Season is going to start and like genuine websites, many fake sites are also becoming ready to take the advantage of the coming festival sale season.

People whole year wait for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving Sale, Christmas and New Year to enjoy the best shopping season of the year. But a wise person knows how to earn money from the right place, he/she also should know to spend it in the right place.

Generally, scammers target people using extensive ads campaign that they run on social media like Facebook or Instagram. They also avail the services of Google Ads and run their ad campaign all over the internet.

If an ad run on any legit social media website or any other site (including ours) don’t trust them. Holiday Shoppers must always check the background of that website, particularly those that are new, unpopular and offer too good to be true deals.

We don’t want scammers to ruin your Holiday Shopping Season and take the advantage of people’s innocence and ignorance. Read this article and shield yourself up for the coming festival season sale.

Online Shopping Scams to Look Out for this Holiday Shopping Season

1.  Fake Online Clothing Shops

In this category, scammers put various and different types of beautiful dresses under big sales. One can check the example in Online Shopping Scam-Clothing Category.

The modus operandi of such websites is very simple, they create beautiful websites that are pleasant to the eyes with lucrative discounts that are pleasant to the heart.

We have not seen any genuine company to put their fresh arrival clothes under sale. But fake websites put each and every product under sale.

The next thing is whether they will send the product or not. Usually, nowadays scammers send products to their victims but the wrong product (after one month or more). It is done to get the delivery slip so that they can release their money from banks.

Now, people opt to replace or refund the product. Scammers very shamelessly ask their victims to send back the wrong product overseas and bear the shipment charges.

To know which website is legit or not, just check whether the whole inventory is on sale or not. If the answer is yes, then that website is a scam (most probably).

2. Fake Online Website using some Brand Name

Branded products are liked by all of us, but their cost makes them premium which not everybody can afford. Scammers take the advantage of this desire and create a fake website either similar to a known brand or using their name. Examples can be seen in our Brand Name Category.

The characteristics of such a website are very simple, their site and domain name always vary. It is simply because they cannot use the original company domain so they use the look-alike domain names to cheat people.

Also, this kind of website comes for a very short period of time and never delivers the product.

3. SMS/ Email Phishing

Phishing is the most loved method of scammers to cheat people. They pose as a famous brand and enter into your SMS or email id. Inside the message, they sent phishing links.

These links take a person to a fake website where they end up giving their personal as well as financial details and more.

Scammers are very smart, they used different tricks and excuses to promote its member to click on their links. The tactics involve:

Fake Gift Card/ Coupons Vouchers: we all like discounts and gift vouchers are one of the tactics used by marketing teams to encourage their customer to buy more from them. The same marketing technique is used by scammers that often send fake promotional SMS or emails to attract people’s attention.

4. Fake Shipment Notification

During festival season or Holiday Shopping Season, people expect various packages. Thanks to the internet and all, people can shop from the comfort of their homes. Scammers take the advantage of this segment as well,

They just send you a message that you have missed the delivery of a package and now you have to pay a delivery fee to get the package. These kinds of notifications always contain a phishing link that the scammers want you to click on.

The ultimate goal is very simple, they want to steal your personal and financial information. So, the phishing link inside the message takes you to a phishing site where they can collect your sensitive data. These links may lead to:

A. Fake online survey pages: these survey pages are very similar to genuine survey pages that claim to give rewards after their completion. After finishing all the questionnaires, scammers ask for financial information in order to give a reward.

B. Fake log-in pages: it works in a similar manner.

5. E-skimming

Electronic skimming occurs when hackers inject credential-stealing malware into a retailer’s website. When you pay with your credit or debit card, hackers steal your payment information from your shopping cart in real time.

Shocking Facts: Holiday Shopping Season Scams

  1. People aged 18-24 lost the most money to online shopping scams in 2021, with an average loss of $125.
  2. The average loss from online shopping scams involving bank transfers is $1,000; only 2% of victims get their money back.
  3. A third of the victims received incorrect delivery information, and some said they were unaware of the scam because they anticipated late deliveries during the COVID-19 pandemic. [Data Source: BBB Online Shopping Fraud Report 2021].

Red Flags to Check This Holiday Shopping Season

  • Too-good-to-be-true deals- Lucrative deals- Discount on each and every Product.
  • Won’t Share their Owner Information. Hide their identity in the WHOIS records.
  • Use Copied Content or Duplicate Content.
  • Don’t have any presence on Social Media.
  • Irrelevant/ Fake customer reviews and Testimonials.
  • Insisting on unusual payments like wire transfers or cash apps. PayPal is most used by scammers as well. But there is a chance that people can get their money back also in PayPal.
  • Ask for detailed personal information as well as financial information.
  • Typos and odd wordings
  • Strange website addresses
  • Invalid and Fake contact details. Sometimes they some people real address as their own.

Tips to avoid online shopping scams

  • Only make purchases on legitimate online shops. Don’t get wooed by Ads running on Social Media. Avoid direct purchases on social media platforms!
  • Check the Background of the Website. Search for reviews, ratings, and comments about the online shop. Or just check whether their owner information is shared on the website or not.
  • Use genuine payment methods. Standard payment processing networks such as Visa and Mastercard can offer more secure transactions.
  • Say no to unusual payment methods. Scammers encourage shoppers to use payment methods other than those listed on shopping sites or marketplaces, such as Bank transfers or cash applications such as Venmo to complete transactions.
  • Never click on links or attachments from unknown sources. If possible, register through the official website or contact customer service directly for assistance.

13 key dates of this Holiday Shopping Season

  1. Oct. 31: Halloween
  2. Nov. 11: Singles Day and other mega sale events.
  3. Nov. 24 Thanksgiving 2022
  4. Nov. 25 Black Friday 2022
  5. Nov. 26: Small Business Saturday (U.S.)
  6. Nov. 28 Cyber Monday 2022
  7. Nov. 29: GivingTuesday
  8. Dec. 17: Super Saturday
  9. Dec. 24: Christmas Eve
  10. Dec. 20: Last day for express shipping
  11. Dec. 26: Boxing Day
  12. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve
  13. Jan. 1: Sales season

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