The 12 Scams of Christmas #3: Phony E-tailers

The 12 Scams of Christmas #3: Phony E-tailers

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"Some of these look so good that the trained eye can sometimes not tell it," said Jerry Tipton of BBB of Greater East Tennessee. "Some of these look so good that the trained eye can sometimes not tell it," said Jerry Tipton of BBB of Greater East Tennessee.
During the holiday season many scammers will try to match or beat the best deals on the Internet. setting up imposter sites for stores like Best Buy or Target. During the holiday season many scammers will try to match or beat the best deals on the Internet. setting up imposter sites for stores like Best Buy or Target.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Cyber Monday is a great day to find deals from the comfort of your homes, but it's also a great day for crooks to scam you from the comfort of theirs.

Over the last decade, the Internet has taken holiday shopping to a new level. Whether its your favorite store's website or powerhouse sites like Amazon there you are sure to find more than one good deal, but not all sites can be trusted.

Scam Number 3: Phony E-Tailers

During the holiday season, many scammers will try to match or beat the best deals on the Internet. They will set up imposter sites for stores like Best Buy or Target.

"Some of these look so good that the trained eye can sometimes not tell it," said Jerry Tipton of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee.

To set up their phony shops, scammers grab HTML code from a well-known site, then "sell" similar merchandise at a larger discount. Once you pay, they have your information and you'll never receive the product. Before you know it, they're racking up hundreds or even thousands of dollars in charges on credit cards.     

The best way to spot these sites is to check for misspellings, strange URLs and an overall dysfunctional site.

Also, as we've said in previous scams, if the deal looks too good to be true, it usually is.


Our 12 Scams of Christmas countdown continues Tuesday, Nov. 26 with a scam that utilizes something millions of us spend hours of time on: social media.

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