Term Online Shopping Scam Reporting
Code FN-1700.1470-640
Definition Programs that provide a hotline, website or other mechanisms that people can use to report scams involving bogus websites or mobile apps that attempt to lure consumers into purchasing items that are shoddy knock-offs or never delivered. Many faux e-stores impersonate well-known retailers, with logos, slogans and URLs that are easily mistaken for the real thing. They offer popular items at a fraction of the usual cost and promise perks like free shipping and overnight delivery. Clothing and jewelry, furniture and home decor, electronics, cosmetics, health and nutrition, and pets are among the most common categories of products in shopping scams, according to the BBB. Some scammers may seed malware within sites, apps, pop-ups and email coupons that infects the victim's device and harvests personal information for use in identity theft.
Created 7/23/20
Changed 11/4/21
Use References Online Pet and Puppy Purchase Scam Reporting
Online Pet and Puppy Scam Reporting
Online Pet and Puppy Shipping Scam Reporting
Online Pet Purchase Scam Reporting
Online Pet Scam Reporting
Online Pet Shipping Scam Reporting
Online Puppy Purchase Scam Reporting
Online Puppy Scam Reporting
Online Puppy Shipping Scam Reporting
Online Retail Scam Reporting
See Also References
External Classification Terms Citizen Crime Reporting (NPC I02.02)
Criminal Law Enforcement (UW
Law Enforcement (NTE I60)
Law Enforcement Agencies (NPC I04)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Related Concepts Cybercrime
Financial Services/Benefits
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Fraud Resource Center, Online Shopping Scams", AARP website, https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/online-shopping.html

"Pet Scams: Current Pet Scams", International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) Website, https://www.ipata.org/current-pet-scams

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