September 28, 2021

Readers share online scam stories | Advice

A few weeks ago, I shared stories of “too-good-to-be-true” product advertisements that can be found on social media. Often, these ads link to overseas websites that appear to be legitimate, but if you place an order, it’s highly unlikely you will receive the item you order.

Some of my readers have found out the hard way when these kinds of websites offer an item at a rock-bottom price, your money is taken, but no item shows up — or, a completely different item will arrive in its place:

Dear Jill: I was scrolling through a social media site and saw a cheerful-looking bright green prefabricated gardening shed and greenhouse combination. It was only $59 with free shipping and was a 10-feet-by-8-feet size. Yes, this seemed like a great deal. I ordered it online and paid right away. About two months…

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