Sales Scams


pushy salesman with a contractSales scams are as old as humanity, but the Internet has introduced a whole new way to rip people off. For 100 years, BBB has been advising consumers: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That hasn’t changed just because the scam artist is coming into your home through your computer or telephone instead of the front door. 

High-pressure sales tactics, “limited time offers,” prices that seem too low – all are tip-offs that something may not be quite right.

How to Avoid Sales Scams:

  • The easiest way to avoid sales scams is to shop with an established retail business, especially one that has a physical store. Check out retail businesses with BBB first.
  • If you do shop online, compare prices on multiple websites. If one site is selling dresses for considerably cheaper prices, that should be a red flag.
  • Be wary of products with too good to be true claims, such as helping you lose weight without trying, settle debt for a few cents on the dollar, make you rich or make you look year younger.