Fraudsters create their own websites
Check a site’s address to make sure it’s real. Fraudsters can’t copy a genuine site address, but they can create fake customer reviews and receipts. When you want to visit a site, type the address into your browser, it’s safer than using a link in a message. Only log on, enter details or buy something when you know a site is genuine.
Can you pay by card?
A scam site may seem real, but fraudsters always want you to pay by bank transfer as this is like giving them cash. A genuine company will let you pay by card or another way that protects your money. Fraudsters also create fake sites with fake payment pages just to steal your personal and banking details. If you enter your details, fraudsters can target you later on.
Do you have to pay right away?
If you have to rush to buy something because a sale ends soon, you may forget to do any checks. Countdowns to a sale ending could be a trick to put pressure on you to buy something that’s fake or doesn’t exist. Take your time. Check a site is genuine before you pay.
Fake sites have reviews and contact details
It’s easy for fraudsters to create a site that has fake reviews and business contact details. Check independent review sites to make sure a site is real. Bad reviews or too many good reviews all at the same time are signs that something is wrong. Remember, fraudsters may answer a phone call or reply to a message. But if a site won’t take payments by card or another way that protects your money, it’s a scam.
Is a price low or an item hard to find elsewhere?
Fraudsters learn how people like to shop. They know that you’re more likely to grab a bargain or an item that’s selling out or rare. Check if another site has a similar item and how much it is before you decide to buy. It may cost you more money to buy from a genuine site, but it’s safer than paying a fraudster.