Fake Shops in the Christmas Season - Attention cheaters!
The Christmas season is a real blessing for online trading - the turnover of most online retailers is skyrocketing. Unfortunately, the unexpected windfall also attracts scammers. These are increasingly creating counterfeit online shops where goods are offered but never delivered. Customers should take a close look at online shops with particularly tempting offers.
Christmas time is cheat time - Beware of tempting offers!
At Christmas time, scammers are increasingly trying to get customers to pay their Christmas bonuses. For this purpose, online shops are created, which seem to contain favorable offers. Thanks to open source software, the creation of online shops is as easy as it is professional. Product texts and images can be copied in minutes - at first glance the fake shops look very trustworthy. Price-sensitive consumers like to be blinded by the alleged price crunchers and transfer their sour-earned money without hesitation to foreign accounts. The waiting for the ordered goods will be agony - this will still not be under the Christmas tree in many cases, but also on Christmas Eve.
Recognize and avoid fake shops
Many fake shops are optically indistinguishable from serious online retailers. The stolen product texts and images are just as realistic as the rest of the shop - depending on how much attention to detail has been invested. Possible references to a fake-shop are not working hotlines and English phrases. Clear references are deficient texts that have obviously been copied from a translation program. Probably the most important reference to a fake shop is an unrealistic price. Goods that are much cheaper than comparable suppliers are too good to be true. Another hint can be a faulty imprint. Fake shops do not offer very many payment methods. Logically, these do not need to be revisable: that is why fake shop operators prefer to use credit cards.
Concealment of identity
Fake-shop operators disguise their identity in order to escape law enforcement access. The registration services are mostly located in other European countries, the hoster in the US. Reporting foreign fake shops is hopeless in most situations. For foreign editors, the case must be painstakingly explained in English. Even if this undertaking succeeds, the authorities there usually lack the knowledge about the legal situation in Germany. The best protection against fake shops offers comprehensive prevention. Check with a search engine if the online shop has already been recognized by other users as a fake shop. Test seals, for example from TrustedShops, provide information about the integrity of online shops. Payment service providers like PayPal offer a comprehensive buyer protection, so you get your money back in case of fraud. Operators of online shops should provide comprehensive coverage. Many fraudsters not only host online shops, but also try to hack reputable providers - the product range is then offered at a ridiculous price and the money deposited is diverted to foreign accounts. The damage has the owner of the online shop: This has to reverse all purchases and deal with his angry customer base. Providers should focus on SSL encryption and correct information in the whois details of the Domain- Pay attention to the name - Customers will check this more often to check the trustworthiness and authenticity of online shops.