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How to protect yourself from fake shops
on the Internet

The online trade has been steadily growing for years, and has long stopped at national borders.

This way you can conveniently shop goods from all over the world from home and have them delivered to your doorstep. Only what happens if the goods never arrive, and you instead get an unpleasant letter from customs, because goods must be post taxed, or was confiscated for other reasons?

Or from the supposedly trusted dealer will never be shipped goods. Then the anger is great, and the chances are still to come to his right rather low.

In this article we clarify which features you should look out for online shops.

This is how you recognize fake shops on the internet
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How to protect yourself from fake shops on the Internet

The online trade has been steadily growing for years, and has long stopped at national borders.

This way you can conveniently shop goods from all over the world from home and have them delivered to your doorstep. Only what happens if the goods never arrive, and you instead get an unpleasant letter from customs, because goods must be post taxed, or was confiscated for other reasons?

Or from the supposedly trusted dealer will never be shipped goods. Then the anger is great, and the chances are still to come to his right rather low.

In this article we clarify which features you should look out for online shops.

This is how you recognize fake shops on the internet
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1. Pay attention to security features of known shops

1. Pay attention to security features of known shops

If you are looking for a particular product, either go directly to the address bar of your browser and enter the URL (which is the safest way), or you can search for the best price through any of the popular search engines.

In general, fake shops have a rather poor search engine ranking, so you’ll have to go down quite a bit in the results list to get straight to those pages. However, there are countless affiliate sites that attract users with product reviews.

The one then clicks on it is quite understandable, if you get besides the best price also a more or less detailed product test included. Unfortunately, it is often the case that this is the first step into the unknown. For more and more often, the operators of such sites do not even sit in the EU, but camouflage themselves with the local language.

The product tests you find there are very often stolen by really trusted portals to fake seriousness. And the links with which you come to the product then point to a well-known online shop, which was again faked.

Sometimes it’s just little things that are different from the original URL. So it could be e.g. Also called https://amason.de.

Everything seems right at first glance. Because you have here made an SSL certificate, and exchanged only a single letter. This is not noticeable when surfing swiftly.

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As you can see, the devil is sometimes really in the details.

It’s best to either enter the URL directly from the address bar of your browser, or set it as a bookmark.

If you are looking for a particular product, either go directly to the address bar of your browser and enter the URL (which is the safest way), or you can search for the best price through any of the popular search engines.

In general, fake shops have a rather poor search engine ranking, so you’ll have to go down quite a bit in the results list to get straight to those pages. However, there are countless affiliate sites that attract users with product reviews.

The one then clicks on it is quite understandable, if you get besides the best price also a more or less detailed product test included. Unfortunately, it is often the case that this is the first step into the unknown. For more and more often, the operators of such sites do not even sit in the EU, but camouflage themselves with the local language.

The product tests you find there are very often stolen by really trusted portals to fake seriousness. And the links with which you come to the product then point to a well-known online shop, which was again faked.

Sometimes it’s just little things that are different from the original URL. So it could be e.g. Also called https://amason.de.

Everything seems right at first glance. Because you have here made an SSL certificate, and exchanged only a single letter. This is not noticeable when surfing swiftly.

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As you can see, the devil is sometimes really in the details.

It’s best to either enter the URL directly from the address bar of your browser, or set it as a bookmark.

2. Security features at unknown shops

2. Security features at unknown shops

Well buys you can not find everything you’re looking for at the major online retailers, but sometimes meets a rather unknown shop.

And that’s basically not as negative, but you should take a closer look, instead of clicking too fast on “buy”.

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Especially with shops that are located outside the EU, you should study the terms exactly. Partly, these dealers try to pass on the import sales tax to the end customer, which is the reason why the goods are so cheap.

Also plagiarized brands are often offered here, which of course pushes the price properly again.

The customs has every year to destroy tons of counterfeit products that come into the country. If the price of a product in Germany, e.g. 1.000 EURO, and you get it at an online retailer for 500 EURO, then there is something wrong!

Well buys you can not find everything you’re looking for at the major online retailers, but sometimes meets a rather unknown shop.

And that’s basically not as negative, but you should take a closer look, instead of clicking too fast on “buy”.

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Note:

Especially with shops that are located outside the EU, you should study the terms exactly. Partly, these dealers try to pass on the import sales tax to the end customer, which is the reason why the goods are so cheap.

Also plagiarized brands are often offered here, which of course pushes the price properly again.

The customs has every year to destroy tons of counterfeit products that come into the country. If the price of a product in Germany, e.g. 1.000 EURO, and you get it at an online retailer for 500 EURO, then there is something wrong!

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3. Payment and Delivery

3. Payment and Delivery

If everything is in order with the online shop, the point of payment and the delivery comes.

The terms of payment are (at least for shops in Germany) so that at least 2 different payment methods must be offered. If this is not the case, or if only payment methods are offered that are rather uncommon in Germany (for example, unknown payment service providers), one should also be suspicious.

The same applies to delivery services that do not offer tracking. This is now at a e.g. USB cable certainly not necessarily synonymous, since these are sent as a correspondence, but very well for parcels that make sense from a certain value of goods, of course, purely purely for insurance reasons.

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Conclusion:

Be suspicious, and do not run after every offer, because the price seems unbeatable. Especially if an offer sounds too good to be true, it is often not. Take your time and check the offers carefully.

Because nobody has anything to give away, but there are good offers where everything is alright.

If everything is in order with the online shop, the point of payment and the delivery comes.

The terms of payment are (at least for shops in Germany) so that at least 2 different payment methods must be offered. If this is not the case, or if only payment methods are offered that are rather uncommon in Germany (for example, unknown payment service providers), one should also be suspicious.

The same applies to delivery services that do not offer tracking. This is now at a e.g. USB cable certainly not necessarily synonymous, since these are sent as a correspondence, but very well for parcels that make sense from a certain value of goods, of course, purely purely for insurance reasons.

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Conclusion:

Be suspicious, and do not run after every offer, because the price seems unbeatable. Especially if an offer sounds too good to be true, it is often not. Take your time and check the offers carefully.

Because nobody has anything to give away, but there are good offers where everything is alright.

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About the author:

Michael Suhr
Michael SuhrWebdesigner / Economist
After 20 years in logistics management, I have been working as a freelance web designer and office trainer since the beginning of 2015. Incidentally, I give tips and tricks for more digital skills in my blog as time permits.

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About the author:

Michael Suhr
Michael SuhrWebdesigner / Economist
After 20 years in logistics management, I have been working as a freelance web designer and office trainer since the beginning of 2015. Incidentally, I give tips and tricks for more digital skills in my blog as time permits.

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