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Online Shopping Scams: How to Protect Yourself

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Online Shopping Scams: How to Protect Yourself


Shopping Scams

With online shopping on the rise, scams involving shopping online are on the rise too. provides some tips you can use to spot and avoid scams.

  • Always pay using the platforms preferred payment methods – Most platforms have a specific way of paying for their items. If someone asks you to pay a completely different way, it’s likely a scam.
  • Check the prices on similar merchandise on the app and on other apps – Let’s say you found a computer bag you really like. You should check for other similar items on the platform you are using, as well as other platforms.
  • Beware of sellers who don’t have any customer reviewers or who only have positive feedback – If you come across a seller who has either no reviews or only positive reviews, they are probably not valid. The seller could have hired people to write fake positive reviews, or went through and deleted all negative reviews. Look for both positive and negative reviews, and pay close attention to how the seller handled the negative reviews.
  • If you get scammed, report it promptly to the platform – While the platform may or may not be able to give you back the money you spent and lost, you should at least report it to help prevent others from becoming a victim as well.

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