Online phishing and scams have been rising since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and they will become worse in this month as online criminals take advantage of holiday sales and exclusive deals this Christmas.
While you may already know the tell-tale signs of online shopping scams, it’s not enough if you don’t keep the impulsive shopper within you in check.
For your protection, we’ve listed shopping habits that you must adopt so you won’t regret carting items and products on promo.
Read before buying
Online shoppers should inspect products by carefully checking their product description, proof of authenticity, the number of likes the seller has, and how many products the seller sold.
If a product’s content is ambiguous and lacks transparency despite putting the word “legit” on the product title, it’s likely not legit at all.
Every rating and review counts
One of the most common and effective ways to know if a product is genuine is through customer feedback.
Users, in general, are convinced to buy a product if the seller has good ratings and reviews from customers. Still, do note that not all reviews are genuine.
That’s why it’s essential to take them into full consideration, including the low ratings and bad reviews. Reviews are more credible when accommodated with pictures or videos.
Stick to trusted e-commerce sites
Getting something from e-commerce sites you’ve never shop from before is like venturing to an uncharted territory. Though exploring unfamiliar websites is not necessarily bad, many people fall victim to getting scammed by fake websites posing as shopping platforms.
You would know these sites are secure and credible if the website has a padlock before its URL address. But if it has a caution icon instead, back away, even though you really like the pair of Dr. Martens 99% off its price on the site.
Stick to legitimate brands
Online marketplaces like Shopee and Lazada allow everyone to sell their goods. It’s a double-edged sword, however, as they are bugged with scammers that leave customers open and vulnerable.
Well-informed customers would always stick to legitimate channels. Buying products that came directly from the brand or from verified malls renders the possibility of you being scammed null.