Online shopping

Scams in focus: online shopping scams

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Amazon Prime Day is over, but scammers are still trying to cash in every time you shop online. Experts warn you to be careful of phishing scams, deceptive advertisements and similar websites.

The Better Business Bureau says one of the red flags to watch out for are prices that seem too good to be true.

“On days like this, there are always great discounts and offers, so it’s a little harder to tell what’s real and what’s not,” says BBB’s Chris Babin.

Scammers also create similar websites that may appear to belong to trusted retailers. The BBB advises double-checking the URL before entering personal information. Also, be wary of text messages or email alerts that you haven’t signed up for. These may be a sign of a scam.

Here are some tips for avoiding shopping scams this Prime Day:

  • Beware of fake similar websites. Check the URL and watch for grammatical errors.
  • Professional photos do not mean this is a real offer. Scammers often steal photos from other websites.
  • Make sure the website is secure. Look for the “https” in the URL (the extra “S” is for security).
  • Be careful buying wanted products. Scammers often deceive buyers by offering the most popular products at low prices.
  • Pay with a credit card. If questionable charges appear later, you can dispute them with your credit card company.

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