Online shopping – Avoiding Scams

It would be almost impossible to list all the scams that appear on the web which con the unsuspecting public into new ways to part with their money. While there are many honest and fair traders on the internet which you can shop with without worry there are also some unscrupulous people who’s sole intention is to take your money and run. Setting up a website is easy these days and anyone can do it that has access to a home computer and modem for very little money or in some cases totally free. Here is a rough guide of what to look for to help avoid the pitfalls of the scammers.

  • Hidden internet addresses – Be very vary of traders who are selling goods or offering services using an anonymous e mail address or P.O box number. It would be very hard for you to track traders such as these to an actual address should you come across any problems
  • Capital letters and bold writing – Any adverts which contain too much bold lettering and capital letters to catch your eye should be regarded with suspicion. Any adverts proclaiming that you make $$$$ MILLIONS OVERNIGHT or SUCCSESS GUARANTEED are probably scams, remember that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is
  • Vague references – Websites stating vague references to the quality or success of their product should be regarded as suspicious, websites may proclaim that there are thousands of satisfied customers but this means nothing if those customers cannot be checked out
  • This is not a scam - Any site that offers services or products and which clearly state, this is not a scam should be regarded as suspicious. Any reliable honest business shouldn’t need to convince you that it isn’t a scam
  • Promise of instant or overnight wealth – Nobody gets anything for nothing so promises of instant wealth or good fortune should be avoided, if this were true why isn’t everyone a millionaire by now
  • Paying for secrets – Websites offering you information for money should be regarded suspiciously, scams will promise information on how to become rich and will only give the information after a credit card payment has been made
  • Hidden charges or expenses – Be wary of websites which offer free set up fees or no start up costs, very often extra charges will be made if you read the small print
  • Other things which you should watch out for and which can clearly indicate a scam of some sort are

  • Chain letters by email
  • Mailing lists
  • Any home working schemes
  • Prize draws stating you have won
  • Any miracle products such as weight loss or amazing wrinkle reducer
  • Business scams from abroad offering a quick way to make money
  • Property scams from abroad offering you cheap accommodation
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