A Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rapidly approaching, a person needs to watch out for online scams and scams in the department stores. We know that the best sales of the year are traditionally on these two days, but caution needs to be exercised. Of the extended holiday weekend, the consumers are provided the opportunity to shop for the holidays at discounted prices.
The scam book gives a report of last year’s scammers so consumers can be on the look out. If you are one of the shoppers going out early on Friday or will be shopping online the Monday after Thanksgiving, be sure you have control of your wallet, and watch for people all around you. The advice is that there will be a lot of people, a lot of crowds, that may push their way into the shopping areas. Protect yourself and your wallet from these crowds.
Some scammers online offer free trials and then start charging your credit card or even a debit card every month which they collected during the free trial registration. These charges can add up quickly, and a consumer has a difficult time stopping the charges. Because of the increased level of such scams, some credit card companies will help consumers get these charges off your card and stop the charges every month. Some companies even change their name after they’ve charged the trial charge that appears on your credit card statement. You have no clue who it is on your statement that is charging every month. Be careful on any website to make sure they’re legitimate, and that they will do what they say they will do. There are plenty of legitimate sites, for example http://cybermonday2013.io/, which aggregates great Cyber Monday deals.
Another scheme that is prevalent, especially online, is to get a person to create a domain name for a certain charge and when you do, then they start charging you a hosting fee every month without your permission. But, if you try to get your domain name back they lock it and don’t allow you to access the web site that you have created. I would be very careful doing business online with these kind of scammers. They all need to be reported. They are taking something that doesn’t belong to them not only by stealing your domain name, but also charging you every month for hosting that you’re not even using. There needs to be a law against this on the Internet and regulations to protect the consumer.
With some education and preparation, shoppers can have a safe and successful shopping season this year.