Social media is a powerful tool for sellers in selling and marketing their products. It is an “in” thing right now; a trend. Now, almost everybody is on Facebook, and other media social channels like Twitter and Instagram just to name a few. In fact, we can see that online sellers have managed to tap into these powerful social media as a platform to attract new customers day by day. And what’s the benefit for us? We can enjoy shopping to our heart’s content but then again, you can never escape the downside of it: The risk of getting scammed by online sellers.

I stand by the fact that there are not all but some of the online sellers that haven’t been truthful to their customers by promising something to the customers but NEVER deliver. Do not let yourself get scammed by these scammers.

What are the signs to know whether you are being cheated or not?
1. You’ve paid for items but you have never received it.
2. Sellers do not exist with a FAKE account after you have made payment.
3. Empty promises; goods to be delivered extend its delivery time and it continues for months with no promise of a refund.

We would like to share with you a few tips for you to avoid being scammed by online sellers. Beware; they are everywhere~

REMEMBER; DO NOT DIRECTLY MAKE A PAYMENT.

Until you are sure. DO the following first:

#1 RESEARCH THE SELLERS’ BACKGROUND
Dig and stalk if possible all of the information that you can find about the seller. Get to know whether all of the information given by the seller such as name, address, phone number and account number for banking purposes are verified. You have the right to ask for these details if they are not available to you. One of the ways that you can delve more into your ‘investigation’ is to check out their Facebook fan page or any social media the seller is using. After investigating and you are still unsure of its reliability: DO NOT BUY. I REPEAT ABORT MISSION. 

#2 CONTACT THE SELLER FOR MORE INFO
It is simply your right to call and ask questions. You have to be a wise a consumer; do not just simply buy without confirming your doubts or questions you have in your mind. Then again, by getting in touch with the sellers, you are confirming the fact that the seller is existed and not trying to trick you to purchase. If you chose to use Whatsapp or other texting channels, do not forget to keep all of your screenshots as a proof that you have made a deal with the seller as your own reference in the future.

#3 REFER TO THE TESTIMONY OR REVIEW FROM OTHER BUYERS
This is one of the important factors in determining how you can avoid being scammed. A testimony or review by other consumers is method applied by online sellers to entice customers to buy from them. This will make them look reliable as it serves its purpose to prove the effectiveness of the product to the customers.
WARNING: There are sellers who have been recycling or stealing other sellers’ testimonies. Exercise caution when necessary. Don’t fall into the trap.

#4 IDENTIFY THE SELLER WITH A NONSENSICAL OFFER
If the deal makes no sense to you; you know what to do. But if it is trustworthy, you may proceed with caution.

#5 OPT FOR COD (CASH ON DELIVERY)
If the seller is offering a two option for delivery such as COD or online banking, you can identify whether the seller is trustworthy or not. Opting for COD is a good way to go as it can assure you of the purchase that you made is carried out smoothly.

#6 ACTION AFTER MADE PAYMENT
– Ask for the tracking no or receipt (if available) from the seller.
– Always keeping track with the seller about your delivery product and use tracking no to track it.
– Received the parcel in good quality? Don’t forget to thank the seller. 

REMINDER:

IF you think that you have been scammed or there’s a chance that the seller might be a scammer, please lodge a police report as soon as possible and provide any information that you have obtained from the seller to the police. 

Don’t get caught in scammer’s web.


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