As we approach the festive season, e-commerce players in India like Flipkart, Amazon India and others will start offering discounts to lure buyers. As this is the most awaited time for shoppers in the country, people tend to easily get carried away seeing discounts and cashback offers. This is where scammers come in the picture to make quick bucks by duping gullible citizens. With online shopping and digital payments still relatively a new concept in the country, especially in small cities, people easily fall for scams. Like always, when it comes to online shopping, there seven common scams that happen in India. Here is everything you must know about them.
The after delivery feedback call scam from the customer support team
A new scam is doing the round in which you receive a call from a so-called executive to get your feedback on a certain purchase you made online after the delivery has been completed. After the so-called feedback round, the executive will inform you that you have won “Rs 15 lakhs or a XUV 500 car” as part of a lucky draw associated with the purchase of the product. The scam is that the executive will ask you to send a “registration fee” to process the gift. Read more about it.
WhatsApp messages claiming discounts, cashback offers
If you receive any message on your WhatsApp group that talks about discounts on products of popular brands then don’t believe it blindly. Most of these messages are simply phishing attempts which try to lure people into sharing their Flipkart/Amazon account details. Some phishing attempts even try to steal online banking credentials.
Calls from customer care of credit card companies offering a new card or saying your card has been blocked
Fraudsters have found a new way to dupe citizens are pretending to call on behalf of a credit card company and offer a new card or credit limit extension or claim that your card has blocked and then offer ‘help’ to unlock it. Here is how the scam works.
Calls from so-called company representatives offering ‘special deals’ online
Another common scam during the sale season is that a so-called company executive calls you to offer lucrative discounts on expensive household items and then sends a link on your phone number to confirm the purchase by sending a booking amount. In most cases, the link is malicious, aimed to steal online banking login details. Sometimes, the scam is to even cheat people of the ‘booking amount’.
SMS or email scam offering attractive deals on popular products
It is highly advisable not to believe emails or messages around festive deals as these are mostly either fake or some times can even be a phishing attempt. Always visit the official e-commerce website yourself instead of directly clicking the link that is there on the email.
The common ‘Coupon scam’ which lure people to click on links online to get freebies
Never search for coupon codes on Google while shopping online. These coupons are fake and are made to lure people to click on links meant for phishing.
Fraud websites of e-commerce websites like Amazon, Flipkart and others
Be very careful while opening e-commerce websites and be sure to check the URL. During the sale season, several fake websites of e-commerce platform pop-up in different URLs to steal login details.