Survey shows almost half of social media users got exploited in terms of online shopping scams

E-Commerce websites have become a serious game changer when it comes to business and to sell products online, since there is a huge percentage of people willing to buy products online. E-commerce website scams are increasing rapidly without a doubt.

As per Goodfirms study over 47% of the social media users have fallen for the online shopping scams as the social media websites continue to offer low-cost setups that would play a vital role to scam people online easily.

The survey that took place between June 1st till 8th June 2022 was done by GoodFirms and was taken online. As online shopping scams continue to harm the economy, phishing links and gift card scams seem to be doing their job too in terms of scamming people online. According to the survey taken online 36.7% of the people have been victimized in terms of gift card scams and phishing link scams each.

Phishing link scams are probably the most common type of scam among all in which a malicious link has been set by the individual in order to gain access to someone’s personal data for example banking information etc. Meanwhile gift card scams promise people to give them fake redeemable gift cards of popular platforms such as amazon worth some dollars.

Moreover 33% of the people are reported to fall for help scams in which a fake company representative pretends to help you in emergency situations and in exchange demands money further job scams seem to have a huge impact on the percentage of overall scams too as it hits 30% mark in which fake job ads are posted to steal an individual’s private information.

Next up we got Targeted advertising scams in which attackers tend to advertise a fake online shopping store in order to steal someone’s personal data. There are plenty of more scams but has low occurrence rate as compared to the ones mentioned above, the list includes cloned/hacked account scam with a decent percentage of 23.3%, investment scams that goes around 16.7%, lottery scams and impersonation with fake account scams goes as low as 13.3%, quiz/pooling and romance scam goes around 6.7% and last but not the least fake ticket scam with a very low percentage rate of 2.1%.

Now that you know how advanced scams are these days, let’s talk a bit about how to protect yourself from such scams. First up use verified online payment methods and avoid third-party sites that accepts payments, Second check if the website is 100% legit by having a look at the reviews and the website itself, third avoid discounted offers that seems to be unreal, fourth avoid clicking on sketchy links offering you free money, prizes probably an element of phishing attack and the last one is to limit your public Wi-Fi activities.

So try not to access your personal data online if you are using public Wi-Fi. The Internet has become an unsafe place without a doubt, try to take as many precautions as possible and shop responsibly.

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