Tips to help you tell if an online store is real or a scam
I recently received this email from Almyra S. Here are her requests:
“Hi Kurt, I have a question for you. You know what? Cyrus online shopping It is true? It’s still fake…their stuff is super cheap. Like I mean, a laptop for $9.99 and a TV, small TV for the same price. I have to tell you that I bought several items from them a little over a month ago. They are long overdue. Haven’t tried contacting their customer service to find out what happened. ” – Almyra S. [shortened from original]
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It’s important to always exercise caution when shopping online, especially when a deal seems too good to be true. As Almyra mentioned, I tried to find a site called Cyrus that sells electronics like TVs and laptops.
However, after googling and trying to search through the Better Business Bureau website, I couldn’t find it. So, unfortunately, “Cyrus Online Shopping” doesn’t sound as legit as we’d like it to be.
This is so common because BBB report 37% of the complaints they received last year were shopping scams. That’s why I’m offering some tips to help you scrutinize your online store and shop safely.
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1. Check website security
Always look for a lock icon in the browser address bar to indicate that the site is using a secure connection. You can also check the website’s URL to see if it starts with “https” instead of “http,” which also indicates a secure connection.
2. Research the store
Do a quick online search for the store name and find other customer reviews and complaints. You should also check the Better Business Bureau website to see if the store has a rating or any complaints. If you see a lot of negative reviews and reviews, don’t believe them.
3. View contact information
Make sure the store lists the physical address and phone number on its website. If you’re not sure about its legitimacy, try doing a Google Maps search to see if this store comes up. If the address is local to you, you can even take a quick drive by to see if the store is legit.
4. Look for customer service
Legitimate online stores will have customer service email or chat. If you have any questions or concerns, please try contacting the store’s customer service before purchasing. If you can’t get through or can’t find a way to talk to a human representative instead of a robot, then you should probably move on.
5. Compare prices
If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Compare prices with other online stores to make sure you’re getting a fair deal. You can use apps such as Amazon Shopping or Flipp to compare prices, or you can simply do a Google search and visit other stores’ websites.
6. Pay carefully
Only pay with secure payment methods such as credit card or PayPal. Avoid paying by wire transfer or prepaid card, which can be difficult to track and recover if something goes wrong with your purchase. You should also avoid paying with apps like Venmo or Zelle.
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7. Use trusted scam tools to find business
sites like this Better Business Bureau Designed to help you understand the legality of your business. Use them to find the business you’re looking for.
8. Trust your gut
At the end of the day, your instincts are never wrong. If things don’t seem right or are too good to be true, follow your instincts and proceed with caution.
What other resources can I use to protect myself?
Prevent clicking on malicious links
The best way to prevent yourself from accidentally clicking on untrustworthy links, such as those that may be found in some online fake stores, is to install antivirus protection on all your devices.
Check out my expert reviews of the best antivirus protection for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices by searchingBest Antivirus’ On CyberGuy.com click on the magnifying glass icon at the top of my website.
protect your identity
Instead of BBB, you can use identity theft site If you believe your identity has been stolen or misused, please call 877-438-4338. Identity theft done online can also be reported to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Centre.
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Have you seen any of these online store scams? Do you have any other tips we might have missed? let us know.
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