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  • BBB Tuesday Tips: Watch Out For Sales Scams Promoted On Social Media

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    February 05, 2019
    BBB® Tuesday Tips
    Watch Out For Sales Scams
    Promoted On Social Media
    Everyone loves a good sale. The only problem is, scammers do too. Recently, scammers have been targeting consumers on social media with misleading ads for sales that claim to offer deeply discounted name brand products.
     How the Scam Works
    You are scrolling through your social media feed when you come across an advertisement that offers name brand shoes, clothes, or electronics for a great price. One recent ad promoted discounts of up to 95% off!
    If you click on the ad or type in the promoted URL, it will lead you to a website where you can "shop the deals." But, unfortunately, many scammers never intend to send you anything at all. They simply steal your credit card information when you are prompted to pay. Other scammers do mail you a product, but it's a cheap counterfeit/knockoff . In other versions of this scam the phony sites can download malware onto your computer and give scammers access to your personal information, password history, and more.
    How to Avoid Fake Sale Scams
    • Know where you shop. Be wary of purchasing items online from retailers you are not familiar with. Even if you think you are on the website of a reputable company, double check the web address before you make a purchase to be sure scammers haven't redirected you to an imitation site.
    • Beware off-brand URLs. Scammers often register domain names that are similar to popular sites or contain the name of a well-known brand. Real sales are almost always advertised on a company's main website, so be wary if you can't find that "great deal" you saw advertised elsewhere.
    • Look for a secure connection and a privacy policy. Before you enter your personal information in any website, check for a secure connection. To do this, make sure the URL begins with "https://" and includes a lock icon on the purchase page. The lack of a privacy policy is also a red flag.
    • Use your credit card. Paying with a credit card gives you the advantage of being able to dispute fraudulent charges. This is the safest payment method for purchasing items online.
    For More Information
    For more information about HTTPs, see BBB.org/BBBsecure. For ways to protect yourself from scammers when shopping online, read BBB.org/ShoppingOnline. For tips on avoiding scams and fraud, check out BBB.org/AvoidScams.
    If you've been the victim of an online shopping scam, warn other consumers by reporting the incident in BBB.org/ScamTracker.
    Nominations for this years' program are now being accepted. Brochures with applications were mailed out before Christmas and applications can also be downloaded and completed online at bbb.org/nwfl/torchaward. Entries for all award categories must be postmarked or delivered to the BBB office by 2 p.m, on March 15, 2019.
    • Torch Award for Ethics: This award was created to publicly recognize businesses and charities that maintain a solid commitment to conducting their business practices in an ethical manner.
    • Customer Service Excellence: This award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond in their customer service activities.
    • Student Ethics Scholarship: This scholarship recognizes high school juniors and seniors for their commitment to ethical behavior and personal integrity. Each student selected receives a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.
    Please contact our office with any questions.
    BBB of Northwest Florida
    912 E. Gadsden Street
    Pensacola, FL 32501
    Tammy Ward, Communications Director
    (850) 429-0002