Avoid Too Good To Be True Orders On Black Friday

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We have all engaged in shopping at discount or reduced costs.
A simple human instinct is to look for cheap items to save money.

Even when some people have more than enough money in their bank account, they still hurry to take advantage of opportunities when they see cash or devices being given away.

Let's examine "Black Friday's" definition.
What is Black Friday?
According to Wikipedia

Black Friday is a colloquial term for the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season in the United States. Many stores offer highly promoted sales at discounted prices and often open early, sometimes as early as midnight or even on Thanksgiving. Some stores' sales continue to Monday ("cyber Monday") or for a week.

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As everyone gets ready to shop for Christmas, scammers are getting ready to steal a lot of their hard-earned cash with giveaways and discounts that will be too good to be true.

Last year my colleague was a victim of a Black Friday scam, top e-commerce sites in Nigeria (west Africa), like Jumia, Konga, and Jiji offer Black Friday deals which used to last for more than 20 days.
Consider the case of "Jumia," which began Black Friday in November 2022 and will run through the 30th of November.

A cloned e-commerce website sent my colleague an email. The subject line of the email reads as follows: You have been chosen as one of the lucky customers for a special offer on Jumea Black Friday 2021.
Click the link to get a 42" Samsung LCD TV for $70.

The price of the television at the time was $180, but because of the attractive discount price, he clicked the link without hesitation and submitted his payment information to complete the purchase right away.

As soon as he entered his information, a debit alert went off, and he was signed out of the link. At that point, he realized he has been scammed.
The website's name was incorrect when he double-checked the email that has been sent.
They wrote Jumea instead of Jumia.
Furthermore, the link's URL wasn't encrypted.

Through the discussions of their victims, I learned some of the tactics scammers employed to defraud their victims.

The tricks are as follows:

Identical company name: The business name will be spelt similarly to the original name; for instance, Jumia will be spelt Jumea, Amazon will be spelt Amason, Etsy will be spelt Etcy, eBay will be spelt ebey, etc.
You will be scammed if you did not take your time to carefully check the spelling.

Check the URL because the majority of them are not safe and lack the keypad lock icon.
Although some scammers are extremely clever, they utilize a secured URL, and the real URL of the website will differ from the fake URL.

Sending fake messages via text, WhatsApp, and Telegram groups

This might be information on a competition organized by a reputable cryptocurrency or e-commerce platform.
For qualification purposes and to get prizes, you must enter your information.

Social media fraud

Fake advertisements that link to similar fraudulent websites or impersonations of well-known businesses' stores are another scam that is frequently spotted on social media.

Enticing promises

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Beware of retailers that offer a 50% discount on Black Friday, the legit retailers will offer a 10-20% discount, at most 30%. But if the discount is up to 50%, verify very well before taking action.

Now, what are the suggestions to avoid being scammed.

Useful Tips

Before making any payment, carefully review the URL address and the business name.
If you are interested in an advertisement you receive by email or SMS, it is preferable to go directly to the official brand website rather than clicking the suggested link.

Never click the link in any messages regarding offers you didn't apply for, and never share them with your friends and families.

Watch out for brand sales and extremely tempting prices on social media

Scammers are constantly coming up with new tactics, it can be difficult to identify all the frauds that are out there. However, using the above advice will put you one step ahead of scammers.
Also avoid saving your credit card information at any online store, whenever you make an online purchase.

Thank you all for reading.



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Oh, black friday was a bit of a disaster here. People wanted to force their way into the stores that followed the tradition. Inflation makes people interested in those rare bargains.

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Oh, that's so ridiculous, I hope you had a nice shopping on black Friday.

Thank you for stopping by, you are amazing

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It makes sense to be careful when buying online.

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We need to be extremely careful..thank you for stopping by my friend.

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I received a similar message on WhatsApp from a friend. I quickly alerted her to stop. It's just a waste of time. Funny how some of us are always so gullible. If it is too good to be true, please run. Your tips are awesome and this post is a great one.

Well done.

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Thank you so much, I hope the gullible ones will learn.
Thank you for stopping by

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I am so sorry your friend lost that amount to those scammers. Thanks for sharing this. Now, I'll have to start paying attention to the spellings of sites, and check for site authenticity before giving my details away. Thanks for this.

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Thank you for the kind words and I'm glad that you got value.

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A very important post, unfortunately we have to think twice about everything now-a-days! It seems there is a scam for every small mistake, what a world, huh? It makes me sad because many of the victims are elderly people who do not know better, and the scammers just have no remorse. Ugh.

Thank you for sharing!

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Yeah, you got it right, the old ones are the major victims. I believe by sharing and sensitising them about how scammers operate, they will learn.

Thank you for your contribution, you are amazing.

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As you say most of these things are a scam at worst or just a very bad deal at best!

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Horrible things do happen in the name of sales and such events as people are already blind while spending their money. Minor name changes, quality ans scams are common but one should be pro in such e-commerce. Recently I ordered a few outfits from the brand and I was shocked to see the similarity of another fake side but luckily I received the good stuff. Good to see you in Dreemport.

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You have a wonderful piece my brainy friend 😊

These are the keynotes alots of people are to be conversant about.

I almost fell victim of such some years back but I was just so fortunate to slow down with making payment.

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Thank you for your nice words, my good pal, I'm sorry that you have been a victim earlier, but I'm sure you now know all their gimmicks.
Hope you learn more and never be a victim anymore

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