(WTNH) — Amazon’s Prime Day is in full effect now, with sales going on from Monday, June 21 to Tuesday, June 22. But with sales come scammers looking to capitalize on the buzz.
The success of Amazon Prime Day in the past has prompted Walmart, Target and Kohl’s to try to compete and offer competing deals. That means millions of shoppers will be spending money on the internet, and that means there are going to be people out there looking to steal some of that money
The Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) is alerting shoppers of various phishing scams.
Watch out for lookalike websites.
Lookalikes might be found while browsing the web or on social media. You might not notice that the great deal is not from Amazon.com, but Anazom.com
Shoppers might receive unsolicited emails from places spoofing a major retailer, offering a gift, or saying there’s a problem delivering your purchase. Never click links or download attachments from unknown emails.
Email or online ad, you can always hover your mouse over the link for it to reveal its true address next to the cursor.
Poor spelling or bad grammar in emails or websites are a good hint that you’re dealing with scammers.
Make sure the website is secure; look for the HTTPS in the URL. The S is for ‘secure’, and there will be a small lock icon in the address bar. Any URL with HTTP and no S is not secure.
For hot products sold out everywhere, a seemingly great deal might be too good to be true. Scammers often trick shoppers by offering popular products at low prices.
Paying with a credit card is the best bet. That way, if any shady transactions happen, shoppers can contest it through their credit card company. And, if a retailer will not take a credit card, only online wallet apps, that’s probably a scam, too.