NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – For most people, Amazon Prime Day means 48 hours to do some summer shopping, but for others, it’s 48 hours to pull off some scams.

However, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) fears that some people trying to take advantage of the countless Prime Day discounts on July 12 and 13 may unknowingly fall victim to a scam.

“The end game here is to get your information, your personal information like your social security number, so they can steal your identity,” said Kristen Johnson, CT Better Business Bureau.

With that in mind, the BBB shared a few red flags that every shopper should watch out for when scoping out Prime Day deals:

  • Beware of phishing: Phishing emails can look like a message from Amazon or another retailer. Either way, clicking on unfamiliar or unsolicited links can put you at risk for malware and/or identity theft.
  • Beware of fake lookalike websites: Check the URL, watch for bad grammar, research the age of the domain, search for contact information, and read online reviews.
    • Look for the “HTTPS” in the URL (the extra “s” is for “secure”) and a small lock icon on the address bar. Never enter payment or personal information into a website with only “HTTP.” It is NOT secure.
  • Professional photos do not mean a legit offer: Scammers often steal photos off other websites, so don’t believe everything you see.
  • Be a savvy shopper: When shopping online, take your time and read the fine print before submitting your order.
    • Compare prices and products to one another.
    • Look for the return policy before you buy. Even though many online orders can be returned for a full refund, others have restocking fees and some cannot be returned whatsoever.
  • Pay with a credit card: In case of a fraudulent transaction, a credit card offers certain protections you can’t get with a debit card, prepaid card, or gift card. In other words, by shopping with a credit card, it’s easier to dispute charges that you didn’t approve or to get your money back if there is a problem.
  • Keep documentation of your order:
    • Save a copy of the confirmation page or email confirmation until you receive the item and are satisfied with it.
    • Keep the return policy documented with your purchase records.
    • According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), when you shop online, sellers are supposed to ship your order within the time stated in their ads — or within 30 days if the ads don’t give a time — and if they fail to do so, they must give you a revised shipping date, as well as the chance to either cancel your order for a full refund or accept the new shipping date.

If you spot any suspicious activities or scams, you can report them to the BBB Scam Tracker.