REPORT: Homeland Security issues new warnings on online shopping scams
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As the shopping season kicked off on Black Friday, federal authorities issued new warnings focused on online scams that have targeted tens of thousands of holiday shoppers in 2019.
Department of Homeland Security investigators, who track fraudulent transactions, confiscated more than $500 million worth of counterfeit goods in the past year, leading to hundreds of arrests and convictions, according to government data.
The article goes on to state the following:
One fraudulent website busted recently by investigators appeared to be a merchandise outlet for the New York Jets football team. Another advertised “free shipping all over the world” for a line of ergonomic baby carriers. Both sites were flagged and taken down.
DHS customs officials tweeted, “Don’t get fleeced by fakes.”
Don’t get fleeced by fakes on #BlackFriday! Some shopping tips from HSI: 1. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is 2. Beware of websites that have unusual addresses or lack contact info 3. Another red flag – websites that offer models/designs not offered elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/GC1o0gsbnE
— ICE (@ICEgov) November 29, 2019
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