Online scams are becoming much harder to spot.
If the deal seems too good to be true, it's probably not true. When shopping online, it's tempting to jump at an attractive bargain.
Unfortunately, a growing number of customers are being caught out by look-alike websites designed to take your money or steal credit card information. These fake websites are carefully designed, tend to be very sophisticated and look legitimate.
The scammers can pay for ads like everyone else, so these websites are coming up on social media and up the top of web searches.
While it can be hard to spot a fake, there are red flags to look out for: - First, check the URL - if it's missing the full brand name, it's likely to be a scam. - If it doesn't offer PayPal or other secure payment methods, this could be another warning sign. - Finally, be wary of unusually high discounts or alerts urging you to make a quick purchase.
They’ll also put shoppers under time pressure to make an impulsive decision; they'll make claims like 'flash sale' or 'limited time only'.