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How to Avoid Buying Fake Goods

Consumers who are tricked into purchasing knock-off goods online have a lot more to be chary about than receiving inferior products. According to experts, the ability to spot a phony website can help you protect your online payment account, therefore protecting your money and even your identity.

Anti-counterfeiting professionals say the production and sale of fake goods is a global problem affecting virtually all products from what we wear to what we eat. Anything original that takes over the market is being counterfeited. These illegal activities are a source of funding for prearranged crime activities which is most consumers overlooked when they use their credit card in an attempt to buy cheaper goods.

As soon you give out your data, fraudsters may use your identity to put extra charges using the data in your credit card.

  • Research thoroughly

To avoid purchasing forged goods, you should do a thorough research to get the details of an online store before making a purchase. In most cases, fraudulent websites usually imitate valid sites.

For popular retailers, false sites will offer goods at relatively lower prices, using the idea of special offers to attract customers.

  • Check for obvious red flags

While some websites have search tools to assist buyers in establishing if a site marketing and selling their genuine products online are from certified retailers others don’t. Therefore, you have to look for noticeable red flags on any site, for example, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes or a store using web-based email addresses like Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail as their contact detail instead of a company email address. Also, avoid merchants who ask you to send them your credit card data via email.

  • Go for sites with more secure encryption

Another thing to observe is to ensure the retailer’s site address begins with “https://” and not “http://” — the “s” shows a more secure website.

Report the scam

If you use a credit card to buy the knock-off goods, the damage can often be mitigated. Report to credit card Company; they don’t tolerate at all, the purchase or sale of counterfeits

Credit card companies are offering more protection for credit card holders by issuing a chargeback to reimburse buyers who suffer online fraud. After repaying you, they close fake retailers’ accounts.

All you need to do is file a complaint with your credit card company, send the website address, the date of purchase and amount paid. Once the goods are declared non-authentic, the credit card company and issuing bank will initiate a chargeback.

Beware of online scammers looking for naïve buyers to exploit- a single mistake of sending you card details by email may lead to a lot of problems.