It’s always handy to be more aware to potential scams out there. Here at FAB Discounts I try and weed out as many scams as possible and do my best to ensure only legitimate deals and freebies come your way.
That said, here are somethings you can be on the look out for in order to help protect yourself.
Freebies don’t normally EVER ask for your credit card or payment details, so unless you’re 100% sure about the company behind the freebie, do not get it if they start asking for card details. Unfortunately this happened to one of our members who ordered a free item, but then the company behind it started offering them free creams (totally unrelated to the freebie offer of “free sea shells from Fort Myers/Sanibel”). This should raise flags. The company asked for card details and promptly took almost £100 out of their account.
If you come across an advert for a product that seems too good to be true (in other words it is normally a very expensive item, but is currently much much cheaper), then let’s identify a few things.
For a start, look at how the wording reads. Often it may be written in poor English.
- If you look at this ad to the left you can see: “I have some stuff to selling” – this is an example of poor English.
- The website address ends with .cx (i.e. fashionone8.ma.cx) – which is not your ordinary standard website address such as “.co.uk” or “.com”.
- I often see Facebook profiles where the profile picture (i.e. the picture of “Morgan Harris”) looks a bit like a photo shoot/model picture – scammers often use photo’s of models for fake Facebook accounts.
- These are often shipped from places such as China. They can sometimes have issues in translating correct sizings, quality issues and poor customer services (if any!)
The only legitimate way to get a good deal is through a reputable company who are having a genuine sale on. Thankfully places like Amazon and eBay have tools to help us. Things such as customer rating and feedback allow us to see what that seller is like, by reading the reports/reviews left by previous buyers. I use these almost exclusively when looking for deals.
Other scams you may encounter are for items such as Rayban sunglasses, shoes or trainers.
Here are some useful resources:
Other ways to spot scammers on Facebook
As a Facebook group owner, these are easy to spot. Looking at the above image you can see that the image appears to be a model/Google image type of photo (as opposed to a photo you or I may take on our phones).
Anyway, I investigate the person by viewing their profile:
When going to buy something you’ve seen advertised locally, you should really go to that persons house.
Meeting someone in a public place to buy an expensive item is clearly not the best way forward as you have no further means of finding them should anything go wrong.
Fake Puppies ALERT
OK so this isn’t entirely about buying cheap or discounted items, but I PERSONALLY fell for this, this week.
I was in the market for a puppy, had been thinking about one for some time. I came across this ad for a gorgeous English bulldog:
OK so I checked out the womans profile and all seemed normal. She made a few posts and seemed “normal”. We exhcnaged messages and she told me all about the dog and that she had been checked, and had all jabs etc up to date.
She said that the dog needed to go urgently as their landlord wouldn’t allow pets. She said they simply wanted it to go FREE to a loving family (I was excited).
So far so good, and straightforward.
So then she asked me to speak with her husband and gave me a number (RED FLAG ALERT!)
I didn’t know at the time but the number was actually a premium rate scam number.
I’m normally pretty switched on, but it just goes to show…
I actually rang the premium rate number many times but couldn’t ever get through (this is only due to the luck that my mobile is on “pay as you go” and had no “surplus or spare credit” – jsut enough for my inclusive minutes and texts and data… so I never actually got through but id hate to think about how much I could have fallen victim to!
Anyway the mobile number began with 0703 (and the rest is 1990797 DO NOT RING IT!!)
So the lesson here is always be aware of ads for dogs, and NEVER ring numbers beginning with 0703.
Most mobiles are 075 or 079 etc…
Have you encountered any scams? Please share and let us know what you did to avoid it, or how easy it was to see.