According to an analysis of online shopping scam reports submitted to BBB Scam Tracker, over 400 different product types have been used by scammers to commit fraud, including counterfeit products.
Scammers can take advantage of what people are looking for online, paying special attention to the most sought-after gifts such as electronics, toys, and other trendy gift items. Shoes and clothing were the most common types of counterfeit products, with Nike being the most imposted brand.
Other big brands that scammers are focusing on include NFL clothing, Apple gadgets, Louis Vuitton handbags, Tiffany jewelry, LEGO toys, and 3M N95 masks, according to BBB research.
Other items promoted by scammers include luggage, collectibles, and medical / nutritional products. The BBB analysis also shows that pets and pet supplies are the riskiest online shopping scams, with 70% of people losing money and a median loss of $ 750. The French Bulldog was the primary breed used to perpetuate puppy scams.
|Product category||The best brands|
|Shoes||Nike, Adidas, Louboutin|
|Clothes||NFL, North Face, NBA, Canada Goose, Nike|
|Gadgets||Apple, Samsung, Beats, Sony|
|Hand bags||Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Coach, Chanel, Prada|
|Jewelry||Tiffany, Cartier, Chanel, Kendra Scott, Pandora|
|Toys||LEGO, Pokémon, Funko, MGA LOL|
BBB offers the following tips on how to identify a potential online shopping scam:
Watch for low-priced or mid-priced items, usually in the hundreds of dollars range for an item that is typically priced much higher at a retailer.
Consumers expect the quality of things like shoes, clothing, and jewelry. If an online search for these items has a range of items between $ 100 and $ 300 and associated with a popular brand or luxury item compared to a search using a designer’s name and has a much higher result dear, chances are it is not. the real product.
Read the website and look for grammatical errors. Typographical errors indicate that the site more than likely was set up quickly.
Look up contact information. Find a phone, email address, online chat feature, and check if there is a physical address for the business.
Check BBB. If a business displays a BBB Accredited Business Seal, verify its legitimacy by going to BBB.org and searching for the business.
To check the reliability of a business, visit BBB.org. To report a scam, go to BBB.org/ScamTracker.
Find more online holiday shopping tips from BBB at bbb.org/holiday.
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