There are always new scam sites circulating on the Internet that at first glance appear serious, but turn out to be a trap. Victims of such sites do not receive any goods, inferior products or counterfeit branded items after their payment. They are rid of their money for now. Fraudulent online shops also often target credit card details. With my following fake shops checklists you can recognize fraudulent websites. I’ll tell you how you can protect yourself with your online orders and what you should do if you have ordered from a dubious retailer.
What is a fake shop?
Fake shops are fraud on the Internet. Criminals create fake online shops that are often difficult to recognize at first glance or are even copies of real websites. The goal of fraud: gain your trust and move you to buy. Attractants are, for example, particularly cheap offers of trendy products. They attract interested parties with copied product images and information from other websites. With professionally prepared general terms and conditions and a fake imprint, they pretend to be serious.As such, ecommerces websites are illegal to watch in some countries like the USA. We recommend reading website reviews just like biztech age publish Salecb Review.
10 typical signs of a fake shop
- Missing imprint and terms and conditions
An imprint is mandatory for business websites. A missing imprint, like a missing general terms and conditions (GTC), is a warning sign. Take a look at the contact details for an existing imprint. The company address must be complete. Check with Google whether there are other dubious-looking shops with the same imprint. Also check whether the given address even exists on Google Maps and is credible.
- Conspicuous internet address
An alternative to the completely redesigned shop is the deceptively real imitation of an established, reputable online shop. Therefore, always pay attention to the Internet address. Domain extensions such as “.de.com” are suspect. Domain endings from other countries that look unsuitable can also be an indication of a fake shop.
- Unsafe website
Secure online shops work with encryption that guarantees the security of your data. The multitude of modern online shops work with the HTTPS protocol, which can be recognized as “https: // …” in your address bar. You will also find a small symbol of a lock in your browser next to the address line. The lock is closed on encrypted shops, but not on insecure sites. However, an HTTP protocol does not necessarily have to mean that it is a fake shop. So check the other features as well.
- Unsafe payment options
If a shop only offers payment in advance, you should refrain from making a purchase to be on the safe side. In the worst case, you transfer the money, but do not receive any goods.
- Strikingly affordable price
Take a closer look when a large number of items are offered at exceptionally low prices. The latest iPhone is 30% cheaper than all other shops? This often has nothing to do with the classic bargain offer. Especially with branded items, you should compare the prices with other shops. At low prices, it is possible that you either do not receive any goods or that they are counterfeit branded items.
- Exceptionally long delivery times
It goes without saying that a reputable shop may specify a longer delivery time for one or the other article. However, if very long delivery times of sometimes several weeks run through the entire range, this can be an indication of a fake shop that actually has no items in stock. Fraudsters often also fake delivery problems after a purchase in order to prevent those affected from being able to reverse transfers that have already been made.
- Noticeable reviews
Be careful if a shop has only received excellent reviews in a very short time. If the reviews are very similar, sound unnatural in their choice of words, or all come from new accounts, this can be a warning sign. If a particularly large number of bad reviews appear in new reviews, it may be that these come from buyers who have fallen for the fraud.
- Missing or dubious contact options
Contact details for customer support are often missing in fake shops. Check any existing contact information with Google. Call a specified customer hotline or write an e-mail to the support address as a test and test whether both exist at all.
- Wrong seal of approval
Seals of quality such as “Trusted Shops” are often either absent from fake shops or are forged. Care is required if the logo of the quality seal on the shop page only exists as a graphic and not as a link to the page of the seal operator. Check on the review pages whether the shop really exists. Also check whether the specified seal of approval even exists or whether they are fictitious.
- Conspicuous language and grammar
You can often recognize internet fraud by a conspicuous number of spelling and grammar errors as well as a strange sentence structure. These can be an indication that a shop page was either pulled up very quickly and unprofessionally or that a poor translation program was used.
Recognize fake shops on eBay, Amazon and Facebook
Sales platforms such as eBay, Amazon and Co. offer support and general regulation, but even here you are not one hundred percent safe from Internet rip-offs. Since the platforms have special requirements, it is important to be individually vigilant in order to minimize the risk of getting into a fake shop.
Signs of a fake shop on eBay and eBay classifieds
- Check private providers carefully
Take a look at the list of offers. It is noticeable when a private person offers many identical and possibly very high-quality items that hardly look like the classic basement mucking out.
- Check shipping on eBay classifieds
eBay classifieds are a classic for local sales. Get suspicious if someone wants to send in-demand products across Germany at particularly low prices and asks for prepayment. Especially when it comes to items that can be sold locally, such as a typical IKEA item. Such offers are questionable.
- Read reviews
Read the reviews of the eBay shop. Do the experiences of other customers sound serious or are there a number of bad or similar-sounding reviews? Also pay attention to the period in which reviews are published. Many very good reviews in quick succession are an indication of manipulation.
- Sudden mega-offers
Caution is advised if there have been no sales offers and reviews for a long time and suddenly a super offer is being advertised. This could be a hacked account.
- Check product categories
It is noticeable when a shop carries an assortment that appears to be random. Caution is advised when everything from cell phones to fashion to household appliances is sold at low prices.
- Contact outside of eBay
You can make serious purchases directly on the eBay platform. It is better to refrain from buying if you want to make a sale outside of eBay.
- Choose secure means of payment
When in doubt, only buy from eBay shops that offer PayPal as a payment option. This is where the PayPal buyer protection comes into play, through which you can get your money refunded if necessary.
- Very short offer time
Fake shops on eBay want to close their sales as quickly as possible without being exposed. So be vigilant if a very good offer is only posted on eBay for a few hours or a few days for no apparent reason.