Whether you are thinking about purchasing event tickets, adopting an animal or just browsing the web, be cautious if you see an online promotion that sounds too good to be true, because it probably is. Scammers set up fake stores selling fake goods, and after you've made your purchase the store will suddenly disappear.
How to help protect yourself:
Research the seller and products independently, and compare prices with other websites. Make sure they have a refund policy, information on privacy terms and conditions and ways you can contact them.
Use caution if asked to pay using untraceable means such as a wire, money transfer or gift card. If you do, you may not receive your purchase or the return of your money.
Verify the website by carefully looking at the URL address bar or domain name to ensure you are at the correct domain and not a fake. Look for secure URLS (https://) and check reviews for possible scam notices for the site.
Watch this video to learn more.