There are thousands of ways people will try to rip you off in the internet. With easy payment methods online, those on the giving end are more vulnerable than ever despite call backs and security provided by online money transfers and couriers. There are plenty of online shopping scams and here are some of them.
1. Defective Item
It is easy to be tricked by a very beautiful of an item being sold brand new or second hand by an online retailer. When the item arrives, it still looks beautiful until you find a defect in it. Sure, you could vote down the seller because of their trustworthiness, but in the end, your money is still lost to the scammer. As much as you can, negotiate to pay only half of 30% of the item you are about to buy so that the possible loss you could get from a potential scam could get lower.
2. Fake Reviews
Some online sellers also use ghost accounts to increase their selling reputation in eBay and other buy and sell websites. Fake reviews from these “ghost” accounts will encourage the unwary buyer to buy a quite convincing item that is defective upon delivery.
3. Credit Cards
Some websites will ask you to give your credit card numbers so that they will know your purchase is complete. However, if it is not a reputable buy and sell website, do not provide your credit number. The scammers could use your credit card credentials and use it to make purchases for themselves.