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(WSYR-TV) – Buying products from social media is a recent trend for consumers in the digital age, but just like anything else in today’s world, consumers need to be careful about who they buy from.

Better Business Office Fraud Monitoring By 2020, it has received thousands of complaints about misleading social media ads.

BBC scam tracking To follow up on these common scams, says:

  • Products that claim to support charities, Of course, when consumers find out they have not received a product or if the money has gone to a charity.
  • Free trial offers Sometimes users charge hundreds of unauthorized or unwanted payments.
  • False name: Brand items. If you buy any counterfeit product, it may not only accept poor quality products, but may not meet environmental and safety regulations.
  • Look at the red flags. This includes items that are much less expensive than other retailers pay, spelling and grammatical errors in the ads, and poor quality images. All of these are indications that the ad may be forged.
  • Participatory ads, poor customer service. This category covers a wide range of complaints from the BBB, from beauty products advertising to fashionable clothing to toys. The ads are great and the products are often cheap. This means that consumers buy without doing any research on the website or the company behind it. However, weeks pass, and the products never arrive. When buyers get customer service, they get a vague answer or never listen.
  • Unknown source apps. You may be forced to download the latest “free” app while scrolling through your feed. take care! By downloading this app you can register your device not only for these unknown entities but also for recurring subscription fees. Victims reported paying up to $ 99 every seven days.
    • Read reviews before entering your username and password. Also, read the application description carefully and look for spelling and grammatical errors. Make sure the developer’s website is a working website and read the rules carefully ($ 99 increases every 7 days).

The BBC’s Fraud Tracker says that a quick online search for “About us” or “Contact Us” information and a good idea of ​​where to buy will help you avoid becoming a victim.