Online Store Blowout
Online Store Blowout Sale Scam: How It Works
You might come across an online shop that is “closing down today” and has a final blowout sale, advertised on all the social networking sites. You could find this fake ad on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or even Craigslist. The promotion uses a stock photography and has a good-looking design.
The bogus blowout sale promises discounts up to 70%, plus free delivery if you purchase over a certain amount.
The “Only Today” call-to-action works in general in real stores, but if you hurry to buy on this promotion because it’s 70% off today – and only today – here is what can happen: not only you might not get anything, but you will lose your money as well by giving your credit card information.
Store Blowout Sale Scam: How It Works
Double check the name of the seller and the kind of page the offer opens. Type in search engines the name of the ‘company’ that has the blowout sale and add the word ‘scam’ after. Look on their website for any form of contact besides email. Is there a phone number or an address? Maybe even take a quick look on BBB‘s website, see if the business is listed in there.
On the other hand, look at the domain name of the website. Any safe-for-purchase site has “https” in the browser, not just “http”.
Online Blowout Sale Scam: How To Report
Warn your family and friends about the Online Blowout Scam by sharing it on social media here, using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below: