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They also use social media to advertise their fake website, so do not trust a site just because you have seen it advertised or shared on social media.
The best way to detect an fake trader or social media online shopping scam is to search for reviews before purchasing.
Spread the word to your friends and family to protect them.
According to a post that is currently circulating on Facebook you can use the SOS feature included with Apple i Phones to "send a ping to the nearest police station".
The biggest tip-off that a retail website is a scam is the method of payment.Scammers will often ask you to pay using a money order, pre-loaded money card, or wire transfer, but if you send your money this way, it’s unlikely you will see it again or receive your purchased item.A newer version of online shopping scams involves the use of social media platforms to set up fake online stores.If you have bought something online and there is a problem, you should first try to contact the retailer or auction service. If you are not satisfied with the response and suspect that it may be a scam, you may be able to arrange a charge-back through your bank or credit union if you have paid by credit card.You may wish to contact your local consumer protection agency to seek assistance.
The post claims that after you swipe SOS and your GPS sends the ping, a police officer will be dispatched immediately to your exact location.