Cyber Fraud Part 25: Online Shopping Fraud

Cyber Fraud Part 25: Online Shopping Fraud 

Online shopping scams on the rise: Beware of fraudulent tricks

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In the age of rapid digital transactions, online shopping scams are becoming increasingly prevalent. Scammers are adept at creating deceptive emails and text messages that appear to be from well-known retailers or offer enticing discounts. These messages often contain links that, once clicked, can lead to phishing sites or prompt unwitting users to disclose personal information.

These scams typically involve fraudulent schemes where victims either purchase products that never arrive or unknowingly share sensitive details that are then exploited for unauthorized transactions or identity theft. Fraudsters employ various tactics such as fake social media advertisements, phishing emails disguised as legitimate correspondence, or counterfeit shipping notifications to dupe consumers into believing they are dealing with a genuine business.

It is crucial for online shoppers to exercise caution and verify the legitimacy of offers and communications before making any transactions or divulging personal information. Vigilance and skepticism can help mitigate the risk of falling victim to these increasingly sophisticated online scams. 



One day, Raju received an unexpected message from an unknown number advertising mobile phones at remarkably low prices. Intrigued, Raju clicked the link provided and was astonished to find smartphones offered at a 50% discount. He decided to contact the number listed on the website.

How to Avoid This Scam?

  1. Always ensure to shop from secure websites. Look for a small lock icon or 'https' in the browser's checkout bar to verify that transactions are safe and encrypted.
  2. Report the incident to the nearest Cyber Crime Police Station & National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal at
  3. Never do online shopping from unknown websites.
  4. Avoid purchasing from online sellers that accept payment solely through gift cards, money transfers, or similar methods. These payment options are difficult to trace and reverse, increasing the risk of fraud.
  5. Avoid making advance payments to unfamiliar websites, as the likelihood of receiving the product diminishes significantly once payment is made.

Source: Raju & The Forty Thieves

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