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7 Ways to Spot Fake E-commerce Website

7 Ways to Spot Fake E-commerce Website No doubt the outbreak of Covid – 19…

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21st November, 2022

7 Ways to Spot Fake E-commerce Website

No doubt the outbreak of Covid – 19 brought a new dimension to the commercial industry across the globe. Many people started to push for online products and services after the lockdown was enforced in every country of the world.

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The development of fintech industries also added to this development as virtual payment applications (Fintechs) were developed to complement the effort of the e-commerce industry. All of these did not come without their negatives as people started to fall victim to online scammers and fake sellers.

To avoid being a victim of fraudsters and scammers, here’s a compilation of some steps you should take to detect a fake e-commerce website.

 

 

As much as e-commerce companies majorly deal with online transactions by hosting websites, it is important to know how to confirm these websites.

 

 

Know the Contact details

The first step to take to detect a fake e-commerce website is to research the owner of the website. This can be done by clicking the ‘Contact Us’ box to check the email address or phone number, whether they are present online and if not avoid transacting with such a website.

 

 

Social Media Presence

Commonly, a good and viable e-commerce company would have a presence on social media. This speaks volumes about the authenticity of such a company. The business should be present on almost all the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, WhatsApp, and so on.

Things to look out for:

  • Followers, Likes, and comments on pages and posts.
  • How old is the page has been?
  • Product posts on the platforms.
  • Check out reviews.

 

Check who registered the website

Check out the owners of the site that you want to transact with. You can do this by looking out for it on – www.whois.com/whois/ and after that, type in the URL of the website. This process will reveal the name, email identity, phone number and relevant details of the website owner.

 

 

Exchange and Return Policy

An e-commerce website with an exchange and return policy is inarguably the one to buy from, but you need to check out the authenticity of the policy. You should also read and understand the policy, seeing the terms and conditions to be clear. The content of the conditions must be verified, and free from plagiarism.

 

 

Google Transparency Report

No online business can escape Google, so also your seller or your retail platform must be verifiable using Google Transparency Report. This is to check whether the website can be trusted or not. Use the www.transparencyreport.google.com/safe-browsing/search to know.

 

 

Good English

It might sound funny, but to know whether a website is genuine or not check out the use of the English language, designs, etc. Fake websites are bound to make mistakes, many times, even on important pages.

 

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Payment Mode

Lastly, check out the payment options available on the website. If a genuine website, it should be able to accept all major types of credit and debit cards and should have non-card options available. Be careful if you see such website requests for a transfer through Western Union, Cryptocurrency, or PayPal for payments. The website should also provide for payment reversal.

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