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Online shopping is increasing in the Christmas season.

Although the surge in online buying during the Christmas season in the past was due to COVID-19 isn’t likely to happen this year, online shopping in the period between November and December is expected to hit 200 billion dollars, for the first time ever. As online shopping expands, so do the scams that are circulating on the internet.

Many businesses outside of those in United States are advertising relatively inexplicably on the Internet selling or offering any type of item. The products are promoted using images taken from legitimate artists or companies and are often copied from Etsy especially if the images are prominently featured on websites like Bored Panda.

If consumers purchase the fake items it is likely that the item isn’t high-quality. If anything happens, it is. In most cases, the company will be closed as well as changing its names, without providing any product. In the most extreme scenario, they can even steal customer’s credit card information.

What can you do to avoid scams? Here are some guidelines to be aware of.

1. It’s too amazing to be true?

Does the product you purchase be worth the cost? aware of the price. An excellent product for the lowest price is a reason to be cautious. For example, Instagram featured photos from the “Halloween Advent Calendar”. The advert cost US 59.99. 59.99 and was made available during an exclusive time frame at $ 29.80. At first , it may appear that you’re receiving a huge amount but take a moment to think about the implications. The amount you pay isn’t enough to cover the costs of shipping and handling an item of this magnitude. The original product that is available on Etsy has a price of more than $1800 , The designer waiting for orders.

Two ads on the internet both at the left and top that make use of the image of a product that was taken the hands of an Etsy vendor after the “Halloween Christmas” item, which is located at the bottom . It was prominently featured in Better Homes and Gardens sites , Pinterest and OddityMall.
Screenshots made by H. Colleen Sinclair, C BY -NC-ND CC BY -NC


2. If in doubt: Google it

Perhaps you’re not well-versed enough about Etsy’s offerings to recognize a scam. If you’re not sure then look up what the product’s name is. item and download the image and use your Google image search. It’s possible to find where the image came from. If the item is genuine and not similar to the CG baby shark that is used by a company to advertise its fake baby shark toys You have the option to honor the designer for the work they did or try to acquire the copy. This will also reveal the existence of several businesses that sell identical “unique” and “exclusive” products that have identical pictures. If you start to see the same products in different sizes, that is an indication to be cautious.

3. Examine the image of the business.

Finding an address of the business is likely to lead you to the site of the business. Instead, you can search for the name of the company with the word “scam. ” Then you’ll have the ability discern quickly if there is an unsettling tale related to the company. It’s also possible to examine scams, which focus on testing the legitimacy of websites. There might be a Better Business Bureau listing for the company, but you should be careful when using it as a source of information. There are Facebook groups, including this one for scams involving fashion and scams, which trace fake websites.

4. Too young to trust

In some cases, the company is new and you’ll not have any record of their history. That’s an red warning. It’s most likely one of those businesses which close when they’ve received sufficient requests. Then they make a new domain as well as a new name and start again. It’s possible it is a legitimate, new company that’s trying to open the doors to a store during an outbreak. To distinguish between legitimate companies and illegal operation, take these steps to determine the two.

5. Review the reviews.

Be sure to read the reviews carefully. If there’s not a review, you need to check it to know. If you do find one, you should be aware of the following warning signs. There are just some opinions, and all five stars are a unanimous five, with no comment. If there are any comments posted that are written, they’re filled with poor English or just a general praise that might be derived from a product. There aren’t any reviews that include images of the item that was actually purchased. There aren’t any reviews that are negative. This is a worrying indicator because even the most legitimate companies can’t appeal to constantly. If you’re in search of an authentic service, be careful not to read excessively negative reviews.

6. Does this appear like a “good” site?

Does the company has a website and not just one account with Facebook If not, it’s a big negative. If they do have an online presence but is it a full website or is it barely visible? Check that the business has a working phone number. If you look up the phone number, you’ll be able to see that there aren’t 12 other “businesses” which are connected with the number. Be sure to provide the address for mailing and it must be one that’s not the PO box.

Visit your “about us” section on the site. Are you missing the second non. What exactly does “about us” comprised of? The year the business was founded or does it include details about the individuals who developed the product? If the website includes a picture which claims to be created by the owner , or creator or owner, you can conduct a Google image search to determine whether the image is a fake or a duplicate of a site or archive image or a fake image created by the AI system. Does their claim regarding themselves able to stand scrutiny In particular, do they claim that they are owned by black Americans but do their WHOIS domain name list an entity based in China?

7. The presence on social networks . Do users have profiles?

Additionally, does the company have an account on social media, in addition to the advertisement that is shown in the News Feed? Otherwise, beware of. If that’s the case, then click the title of the post to discover the location where the individual or company is located, as well as the date when the page was created. It is also possible to determine the way they managed to publish their content and evaluate how they write their content. They could also speak about the business.

8. Watch out for reports like those in the “closing company” report

The legitimate businesses are ordered to close. Businesses that aren’t legitimate have employed this method to cut people’s hearts in order to defraud clients. It is illegal for US companies to engage in this, however, companies who are not situated in in the United States are not subject to the same rules. One method to differentiate legitimate companies from fraudulent ones is to check the date when domains were registered records on social media and websites. web pages. If the company was established prior to the outbreak when it was appropriate to stop operations , it is best to avoid it.

two screenshots featuring the same image of felt hats

9. Fashionable advertising lure

Take care of current trends. Frauds and scams all over every trendy or trending product. Marketers are taking a look at current political developments. Companies are popping up with names like “WeLuvTrump”, “FemPower” and “BlackGoodness”. Similar developments are evident as new regulations are announced. For example, RBG articles were all the rage following the passing of the judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020. The steps listed above will help you determine what products are authentic.

10. Social influence tricks

Beware of the common marketing strategies that were initially designed by psychologists. Robert Cialdini, who was a psychologist in the field of social psychology, has been employed by both legitimate companies and others that aren’t. The most common frauds that you can encounter on scam websites include exclusive access claims, which designed to make you feel exclusive, with a limited offers or claims of time-elapsed in order to create an “sale” which is. the psychological benefit that people receive from purchasing unique products and making statements like “Karen is. from Indianola bought this item” which are “social examples” that your actions are appropriate or secure because others have completed it.

At the end of the day you’ll find these suggestions difficult to follow to locate that special present for your child, purchase from a reputable company that you’ve been able to trust previously. It’s an great option to use credit cards, or other payment alternatives like PayPal that protects customers from fraud.

Make smart purchase. Your bank account’s financial stability is dependent on your decisions.

H. Colleen Sinclair Senior Professor, Social Psychology. Mississippi State University

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