Black Friday is just around the corner – this is the day that many online shopping fans are eagerly awaiting. Because numerous retailers lure on said Friday (November 25th) with big discounts and big offers.
It is hardly surprising that scammers also throw themselves into this bargain battle. Above all, they try to trick customers with a scam. We’ll tell you here what it is and how you can recognize it.
Black Friday: Beware of this scam
If you still need Christmas presents for your loved ones, November 25th will certainly be marked in your calendar. It doesn’t matter whether it’s smartphones, tablets, Amazon products, clothes or decoration – there are discounts in almost every category.
If you do not go directly to your trusted online retailer on this day, but are looking for the cheapest price on the Internet, you should be particularly careful when hunting for bargains!
This is how you recognize fake shops
Because it can happen that you do not end up with a reputable provider, but with a fake shop. The problem: Many shops are now set up so professionally that you can only unmask them as fake shops at second or third glance. Imprint, general terms and conditions, contact options and Co. should give the impression of security.
But the consumer center advises to take a very close look. Especially on days like Black Friday! To check whether it is a reputable provider or not, you can go through the following steps:
- Verify the domain: Do the name of the domain and the offers displayed on the website not match? Then be careful! Is there no lock icon in the address bar? Then let’s go.
- Payment in advance: The State Criminal Police Office of Rhineland-Palatinate and the consumer center agree – never pay in advance! Even if the offer seems unbeatable.
- Imprint: If there is none, you should not shop at the shop. If there is one and you still have a queasy feeling in your stomach, then check the data using a search engine. This way you can find out if the address even exists.
- Customer reviews: Reviews on the site may be fake. Rather Google for the shop – if there were already problems with it, you will find entries about it.
Even seals of approval are by no means a reason not to doubt a shop. According to the consumer advice center, they are only genuine if they can be clicked on and lead to a certificate from the seal issuer.