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Beware of Scams on Facebook

Did you know that not all offers and sales that you see on Facebook are legitimate? With more people than ever ordering online, the amount of scam offers and websites are also rising. Please be aware that if a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. People who input their credit card information might never receive the product they thought they were buying, or they receive a much cheaper knock-off.

When you click on an ad and a new website page opens, it is best practice to look at the URL to make sure that the web address looks legitimate. If the website name is gibberish, or if the site extension is something like .site or .shop, you need to beware. These extensions are cheap and scammers often use them to start inexpensive scam sites.

It is also important to be aware of the dangers of trial offers. It can be very useful to have a chance to try something out before you buy it yourself, but there is a catch: if you don’t send the item back in a certain amount of time (which is inconveniently expressed in the fine-print), you are charged for the full price of the item. The next time you sign up for a trial offer, make sure that you understand when the item must be sent back, and what the consequences are if you don’t.

With the stay at home orders, many people have chosen to switch to online ordering. Please remember to always be careful whenever you share your credit card information online. If you are ever in doubt about the legitimacy of a website, do not enter your information.

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