E-commerce scam

Dec., 29 2021

E-commerce are becoming very common. An example would be a scammer trying to sell their products at a lower price compared to the original. Victims would sometimes make payment unknowingly under the false impression that it was one of the many items that had purchased. They target victims by advertising on social media platforms frequently used by the victims such as Facebook. Cases of such scams has increased from 2816 in 2019 to 3354 cases last year.

Here are some tips that you can protect yourself:

  1. opt for buyer protection using in built payment options,
  2. Check the usual price of the product first to determine whether it is a scam
  3. Be careful in surfing to sites that you are not familiar with especially those newly launched websites.
  4. If possible, try to meet up with the seller before making payment so you can inspect the goods yourself.
  5. Check against the delivery tracking number if it is the same as the item that you ordered.

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