Is It a Scam? How to Tell if an Online Offer is Too Good to Be True

by Ben Brown | 12/07/2022

Ronin-Pentest – Online Offer

Is It a Scam? How to Tell if an Online Offer is Too Good to Be True

The Christmas shopping period is a time when we are all looking for the best deals. However, it's also a time when we need to be particularly careful shopping an online offer, especially ones that seem too good to be true. This is because many of these offers are scams!

As the saying goes 'if it's too good to be true, then it probably is.' It's essential that during the Christmas shopping period you pay close attention to offers and their legitimacy. The rule of thumb is to make sure that everything checks out. Is the website a reputable one? Does the site offer secure payment? Was the offer brought to your attention from a legitimate source?

Be aware of 'too good to be true' online offers.

One of the biggest signs of a scam is an online offer that seems too good to be true. For example, if you see a product being offered at a fraction of its normal price - this could be a sign that it's not legitimate. Always double-check the offer before you commit to any purchase.

So, you've seen a great offer ... The first step is to do some background research on the company or website offering the product. Check out their reviews and ratings online - if there are a lot of negative reviews, then it's best to avoid them. Also, look at the website carefully - does it have lots of mistakes? Is there contact information available such as an address or telephone number? If not, this could be a red flag as it suggests that the website may not be legitimate

Pay attention to payment methods. When making an online purchase, always pay attention to the payment method being used. If the website asks for payment via a wire transfer or cryptocurrency, then this is a strong sign that it may be fraudulent. Only ever use trusted and secure payment methods such as credit cards, PayPal, or Apple Pay. Also, pay close attention to the payment checkout page, does it display the secure padlock symbol? Is the URL beginning with 'https'? If not, it’s probably not safe and we recommend you don’t continue making the purchase.

If something still doesn't feel right - don't do it!

If you're ever unsure of an online offer, trust your gut and don't take any chances. It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your hard-earned money! At Ronin-Pentest, we’re doing everything we can to keep businesses safe from cyber criminals and by following the above simple steps, you can help to protect your business and yourself from online scams during the Christmas shopping period. Remember - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Start now for free

Start scanning your projects for free. You will get a free breakdown of your security status. Start securing your future now.

Get started