This Cyber Monday, be extra careful when buying online. Even the most savvy online shoppers are finding themselves stumbling onto websites selling counterfeit goods. A recent study conducted by Nielsen discovered one in five online bargain hunters browsed sites selling counterfeit products.
How the Scam Works:
Your holiday shopping list is long, but money is short. So instead of hitting the mall, you pull up Google. You type in terms like "cheap," "discount" and "outlet" followed by the name of a product. Hit the search button, and there's a one in five chance you'll end up at a website selling counterfeit goods. Make a purchase from such a site, and you end up with a fake rather than a great deal.
Many of these counterfeit sites are hard to distinguish from legitimate online retailers that sell overstocks and end-of-season clearance. Like those sites, the discount is usually 25 to 50 percent below regular price, and they use real photos of the items. Below are tips for spotting a fake... before you make a purchase.
I'm Not Sure This Website is Legit. What Should I Do?