How to Spot an Online Shopping Scam When You See One - Part 2
Updated: Dec 14, 2020
Anti Scamming Hakx From Sarah Peak, creator of "What I Bought Vs, What I Got" Part 2.
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Here is part two of "How to Spot an Online Scam when You See One".
(starting form where the list left off at number 17)
17. A reverse image search turns up many more scam sites. If you're using Tin Eye (a reverse image search engine) check the date and look for the one that’s been up the longest. (Oftentimes, the photo is very old, signifying that it is unlikely for the item to still be in production.)
18. Fake reviews addressing every one of your fears (i.e., fast shipping, great quality, well made, perfect fit, great customer service, easy exchange, etc.), both on the site itself and on other review sites (especially Trustpilot). A genuine business will have a FB page with a reviews tab because they have nothing to hide.
19. The same person has written more than one review for the same item.
20. The dates on all of the reviews are the same.
21. Fake reviews also often say something like, “I get so many compliments when I wear it!”
22. Reviews have the same or nearly the same amount of 5 star reviews as they do 1 star reviews, with little in-between (scammers “fluff” the reviews, keeping the negatives even with the positives).
23. If there’s even ONE stolen photo, the site is a scam.
24. “Intellectual Property Rights” link at the bottom of the page or link to report stolen
25. The site is very new (check Whois.com).
26. The platform is Shopify (though Amazon, AliExpress, eBay, Wish, and even Etsy are also platform targets).
27. The site is lying about where they are based (if an address is provided, a quick internet search will show that other scam sites are using the exact same address or that it is an empty warehouse or a residential address).
28. Shipping information gives the time it will take to process your order, but not how long it
will take to arrive at your door.
29. If the shipping information does give arrival times, they are generally 14 to 20-something days (a sure sign that your item is being shipped from overseas, even when the site tells you it is based somewhere in your country).
Next Week continues here with "How to spot an Online Shopping Scam with Sarah Peak " Part 3
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