Black Friday sales can be the ideal time to get those perfect Christmas presents without breaking the bank, but scammers are out to take advantage too.
Customers need to be more careful than ever when shopping online, and MM have put together five tips to make sure you don’t become a victim of fraud.
Look at the reviews
Remembering to check Twitter. It sounds simple, but some of us are guilty of being caught up in the rush of wanting to grab a bargain.
Make sure you scroll down to the reviews section and read through to make sure other customers have received the product exactly as it’s described in the description.
Sometimes fake sites can write their own reviews to make themselves look legitimate, so be careful about any suspicious wording.
Research the company
If you’re about to take advantage of a deal on a website that you haven’t heard of before, make sure you research the company.
Search their name into Companies House, a government-run site that holds information on all registered companies.
If you can’t find any information about the site you’re about to buy from on there, then it’s best to be safe and stick to using companies you know to be legitimate.
Too good to be true?
Check the average price of your desired product on other websites and if the company you’re thinking of buying from have undercut the others by a dramatic amount, be critical.
Some offers really are too good to be true, so don’t get too carried away by a great deal on an unknown website.
There have been plenty of cases in the past of people doing this, so take your time with your purchases!