Christmas Shopping Using Social Media
It’s that time of year again when we start Christmas shopping, looking for best sales online through emails, online coupons, and our social media places, like Twitter and Facebook. Sixty-two percent of us will rely on Social Media this year for our Christmas shopping list, according to the survey from ConsumerSearch.com. With more of us using our mobile phones and computers for shopping deals, we also need to be aware of scams online.
Be Aware of Scams This Year
Using Social Media to find Christmas shopping deals just opens more doors for the scammers that are out there. They use Social Media because it’s easier to get their scams out there to others. Think about it, we only have our friends on our Social Media places and we often seem to think the deals we come across are real since they are advertising on the sites and being passed along by our friends. More often than not, we find out that it’s a scam after it’s too late.
Christmas shopping online through our Social Media for deals and discounts, from clicking like on pages, passing along deals and sharing them with others we know, downloading apps to get coupons, clicking on links to go to sites that will give us discounts on the hottest products out there, these are all ways the scammers use to get to us. Even using things that we are familiar with, such as using big name companies logos and images, and our biggest Social Media places Facebook and Twitter.
Avoid Scams When Using Social Media for Christmas Shopping
Even though there are several scams using Social Media today, there is also several places on Social Media you can find great deals this year. All of our favorite stores use Social Media to market, you can add them to your friend’s list. Using Facebook and Twitter, you can keep up with their latest specials and deals they have at any given time. You can always go directly to their site and view the deals there, just to verify that it’s not a scam. Below is a list of things you should know and use to be aware of scams.
- Check the URL – Be careful of links that use places to shortened links like tinyurl.com and the spellings of the link, scammers will try to get as close as they can to the real URL.
- Don’t click on deals, specials, etc., using your social media. Try to go directly to the stores site to verify the deal.
- Check the reviews to see if anyone has reported it a scam
- Call the stores directly to verify the deals.
- E-mails offering specials and deals, you can check them at scamomatic.com to see if it’s a scam.
- Asking you to enter contests, sweepstakes, in order to receive coupons.
- Makes offers that sound to good to be true, they probably are.
- Asks for personal and bank information, even if your not using it to purchase.
When your Christmas shopping online and seeing those deals on your Social Media sites, you need to be aware of scams and do your research before you go any further. Talk to others; call the companies, whatever you can do to verify that the deal you’re researching is really legit. Mcafee put out a list of the top 12 Christmas scams; make sure to read it before you start your shopping and please be aware of scams while Christmas shopping online through your Social Media this year.