Fake online stores, where scammers set up digital stores to deceive and deceive Norwegians, is nothing new and appears from time to time.
In October, Dinside wrote about, among other things kjokkenbutikk.com, which was removed shortly after the case ended.
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In a press release, Virke e-Handel, an organization concerned with small and large e-commerce businesses, said the extent of online fraud has increased sharply in recent years.
Nearly two years after the spread of Corona, more and more consumers are using the Internet to shop. It also led to a sharp increase in online fraud. A Danish survey sponsored by the e-tag certification system, which corresponds to Trygg e-Handel in Norway, showed that in the latter half of last year alone, 167,000 fake web stores appeared. Perhaps the most important weapon we have in combating this type of fraud is our healthy skepticism, says Virke e-Handel’s president, Gerhard Anton, in a press release.
Scammers are becoming more adept at copying websites to well-known brands, Ahthun says, adding that consumers need to be careful when it comes to affordable prices and online stores that have the product name in the URL.
The Norwegian Center for Information Security (NorSIS) also warns of what they fear will increase the risk of fraud in the lead-up to Christmas.
The global delivery situation, which has contributed to uncertainty about the ability to deliver the most popular Christmas gifts before Christmas, can cause many customers to try new, unknown stores claiming to have these items in stock. Therefore, there is every reason to warn customers and remind them to check very carefully before shopping at unknown online stores in the weeks leading up to Christmas, NorSIS CEO Lars Henrik Gundersen says in the press release.
NorSIS encourages you to check your online stores carefully to avoid being scammed.
It is important for consumers to criticize and check online stores, but they also always use credit cards or payment solutions with buyer protection, such as Paypal or Klarna, to pay. Then you have an extra safety net, because you can file a complaint and get a refund, or not pay until the item is received and inspected. If you use a regular bank card in a fake online store, that money is usually lost, says Gundersen.
There are seven things in particular that you should check before you shop at an unknown online store. Read more about it in the article below:
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