PeaNut 26,443 January 2002 Posts: 12,513 Layouts: 398 Loc: Illinois
Posted: 11/23/2012 10:35:23 PM
Since this is the season where many, many of us are doing some online shopping, I just want to share something I have came across lately.
In the last two days I have seen what appear to be "fake" websites of official, name brand companies. I don't know it they plan to steal your credit card or bank account info to steal your money or if they are just selling counterfeit goods, but either way, it's probably best to not order from one of these fake sites.
Here's an example of one:
http://www.uggaustralia.com/ is the official site for Uggs.
I got an email and the "From" name was exactly what comes through when I get an email from the official Uggs site. I was quite surprised to see this email offering a discount because I have NEVER heard of Uggs offering a discount. After looking at the site a little more carefully I noticed some very SLIGHT differences in the way it looked. And then I looked at the address in my web address bar.
The official site is: http://www.uggaustralia.com/
Instead it was: http://fabugg.com/
Another one that I saw today was for Dr. Dre headphones.
The official site reads: http://www.beatsbydre.com/
The site linked was: http://www.beatsbydreblackfriday-2012.com/
This is one thing you can watch for:
If that were the official site it would have looked like www.beatsbydre.com/blackfriday-2012
The web address will be the same with an add on at the end of the site name. The original site name will not change.
For example this site is: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/
Direct link to NSBR is: http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?cmd=list&forum_id=15
See how the official site name is still the same?
I hope that makes sense and I hope it might prevent someone else from being scammed. It is so frustrating that people try so to hard to take advantage of others.
I just have to wonder if these people spent their time doing something good, instead of spending their time trying to scam people, what kind of GOOD things would they be capable of?
Be careful if someone shares a link. If it seems to good to be true, look very, very closely. If you get an email with a great deal, make sure it's coming from the official company before you buy.