Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, scammers preying on the holiday hype have created fraudulent services meant to exploit those consumers searching for Mother’s Day gifts, e-cards, flowers, and other discounted activities. These fake online stores, e-card phishing, and fraudulent coupons can leave consumers and their moms with little to show this Mother’s Day.
“Just as we saw with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and even Valentine’s Day, scammers take advantage of holiday shoppers by establishing deceptive companies and selling fraudulently discounted products and services, said Kase Chong, Scambook's Director of Marketing. “These too good to be true deals are just what consumers look to purchase when they are unaware of the present scams.”
Currently, there are three major Mother's Day scams that are affecting consumers nationwide. Here is a description of each scam as well as tips to help consumers protect themselves:
1. BOGUS ONLINE STORES
Scambook has received hundreds of complaints regarding bogus online stores selling everything Mom would want, from jewelry to designer clothes to shoes, at bargain prices. Unfortunately, many of these online stores will take consumers’ money without ever distributing the products.
To avoid fake online stores, Scambook advises purchasing from trusted online retailers that the consumer has shopped with before. If considering a new, unknown retail site, users should search Scambook’s complaint database for any listings of the company.
Using prepaid debit cards also protects consumers from losing private financial information should the company be fraudulent.
2. E-CARD PHISHING
Cyber criminals have an affinity for e-card phishing, where e-cards are embedded with viruses or other malware designed to infect Mom’s computer and steal her personal information. Hackers insert links and downloadable attachments that allow the cyber scammer to take control once “given” access to the computer.
By notifying moms not to open an e-card, this can be avoided. In case of accidental hacking, however, all computers should have secure Internet browsers and up to date anti-virus software.
3. FRAUDULENT FLOWER DISCOUNTS AND BRUNCH COUPONS
Scammers may also create bogus discount and coupon sites that install viruses on computers when prompted to download discounts or sell fraudulent vouchers.
Scambook recommends that consumers also be on the lookout for fake flower scams and bogus brunch coupons.
Scambook's research uncovered one scam involving Mother's Day vouchers for year-round flower delivery that were not redeemable with any existing florists. Other fake discount sites promise one price, only to alter prices drastically when users try redeeming the discount.
By researching valid companies and staying local, companies can be contacted by phone in regards to pricing and valid discount confirmation.
Scambook is an online complaint resolution platform dedicated to obtaining justice for victims of fraud with unprecedented speed and accuracy. By building communities and providing resources on the latest scams, Scambook arms consumers with the up-to-date information they need to stay on top of emerging schemes. Since its inception, Scambook has resolved over $10 million in reported consumer damages. For more information, visit scambook.com.