(FinancialHealth.net) – Scammers are always looking for new ways to steal money from unsuspecting people. Fake websites are one of the ways criminals do this. And according to the FBI, these types of schemes are on the rise.
In August, the FBI issued a public service announcement notifying Americans about a rise in “online shopping scams.” The federal law enforcement agency explained an “increasing number of victims” have reported ordering items online and not receiving a product in the mail.
Beware of fraudulent websites that use top-level domains like .club or .top instead of .com. Fraudsters build these websites by copying content from legitimate websites to scam shoppers. https://t.co/ffbUW6vvl2 pic.twitter.com/kCTDf8Wfx2
— FBI SanAntonio (@FBISanAntonio) August 30, 2020
The FBI told people to look out for the following:
- Websites that are advertised on social media
- Merchandise that’s heavily discounted
- Domains registered in the last six months
- Websites that end in .top or .club
- Retailers that have a lot of complaints with the Better Business Bureau
If you’ve never heard of a particular retailer before, do a little research before you spend any money. Unfortunately, you can be very careful and still fall victim to a scammer. If that happens, you can file a complaint with your local FBI field office or Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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