Hitting the wrong letter can mistakenly send you to a website and scammers know this and often try to buy similar domains.
PENNSYLVANIA, USA – We are busy this holiday season – and we are trying to get our shopping done as quickly as possible.
This means that we may have a typo or two when we search for websites and scammers hope to profit from it.
On Day 7 of our 12 Christmas Scams, we take a look at why similar websites are on the villain list.
We send and ship so many items this holiday season, so when you get an email from the US Postal Service you have to click on it right away or … you?
An email that is circulating now is not a real USPS email, it is a scam.
The link will take you to a site that looks like the Postal Service, but it’s really just scammers trying to educate you.
That’s why similar websites made the Better Business Bureau’s 12 Christmas Scams.
It’s not just in emails, social media ads can also take you to similar websites.
Then there are the typos.
Hitting the wrong letter – can mistakenly send you to a website – and scammers know this and often try to buy similar domains.
Most real businesses know we can press the wrong button and a lot of them will buy the domain for some common typos as well, so you’re always directed to the right place.
For example, you want to go to Macys.com but type it with two Y’s, you will still end up on the actual website.
Before you buy anything, especially now that promises you a delivery date by Christmas, just check the reviews.
“By reading customer reviews on the BBB business profiles we have on BBB.org,” said Kelsey Coleman, director of communications at the Better Business Bureau of Metro Philly and Eastern Pennsylvania.
If something is wrong, like a bunch of misspellings or bad grammar on a website, especially if it’s a popular brand, get out of it.