4 Reasons You Should Be Wary of Online Deals - Don't Get Cheated
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4 Reasons You Should Be Wary of Online Deals - Don't Get Cheated

Online shopping is a great way to save money and time; provided you buy from genuine websites. Be careful when you are offered irresistible online deals for they might be a trap laid for you by fraud companies. Fraud websites launch ingenious scams every day and unless you are alert and careful with your online shopping, you might find that you end up buying trouble instead of enjoying a great bargain.

Online shopping is close to becoming an addiction worldwide. People love browsing for best prices, deals and bargains on the Net in search for the best buy. Scammers too, know this and plan to exploit it to the fullest extent. If you do not want to fall prey to scams, you need to be wary about online deals that sound too good to be true. Keep in mind that you always get what you pay for; hence, if something is advertised at a ridiculously low price, it most likely because it is of ridiculously low quality.

4 Reasons Why You Should Be Wary of Online Deals

Scammers use irresistible online deals to bait you into a scam. You need to be very careful when you buy online in general, and especially cautious is the deal is too sweet. Here is what could be hidden behind the bait:

1. Online faud companies that aim to steal your credit card details - there are fraud websites that offer exceptional bargains to tempt you buy their merchandise. When you check out and need to make your payment, they will redirect you a special site where you will be required to feed in your credit card details. As soon as you do that, they will have these details copied and then use your credit card at their discretion mostly online - and you will be held responsible for the payment of these bills.

2. Inferior quality or replicated merchandise - most people love designer label goods and would give anything to possess some. Scammers are aware of the immense attraction designer labels have to the common man and hence, use this as a bait to earn some easy money. They will show you the photograph of the genuine item and print a disclaimer saying that "the product may vary from the picture". They set the price ridiculously low and give you a plausible enough story. When you pay for it, they will send you a shoddy duplicate. For the price, it would be a joke for you to complain; and even if you do they will use the disclaimer saying that they had warned you that "the product may vary from the picture".

3. Hidden costs - online deals on popular items are irresistible especially for young people. Many fraud companies announce a dirt-cheap deal, and after you pay a certain amount quoted, they come back to you asking you additional money for say, packaging, shipping, insurance, etc. If you refuse to pay you will forfeit the money you already paid. 

The disclaimer would most often than not be in small print so that you almost always tend to ignore. Fraud companies will have you to click on the "I agree" buttons that will confirm that you read and agreed to the terms and conditions. The TCs would be   2-3 screens long, which will ensure that you never do read them; rather you automatically click on the "I agree" button to complete the purchase. This would be quoted when you refuse to pay the additional charges; and they will inform you that if you do not, you would forfeit the money already paid. So they win anyway you look at it. 

4. High shipping charges - there would be online deals that announce heavy discounts on the price of an item, but charge ridiculously high amounts for packaging and shipping. If you back out when you see the shipping charges - most of these companies, which would require you to register for free before placing your order - they will sell your email id to spam companies. Once again, whatever you do, you lose.

Be very careful when you buy online for you might be buying trouble. Stay informed, stay alerts, stay safe!

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Good heads up.