An online purchase scam involves deceptive practices conducted through the internet, targeting individuals and businesses who make purchases or payments for products or services that either don’t exist or differ significantly from what was promised. These scams exploit the convenience and anonymity of online transactions, deceiving unsuspecting victims. Common types of online purchase scams include non-delivery scams, where payment is accepted but no goods or services are provided; counterfeit or fake goods scams, where buyers receive substandard or completely different products; and phishing scams, where scammers trick individuals into revealing personal or financial information.

To protect against online purchase scams, it is crucial to exercise caution and take preventive measures. Research the reputation of sellers or websites before making purchases and use secure payment methods that offer buyer protection. Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true and look for signs of legitimacy such as secure website connections, customer reviews, and clear refund policies. Additionally, avoid sharing personal or financial information with unknown individuals or on suspicious websites. Regularly monitor financial statements for any unauthorized activity and promptly report any suspected scams to the relevant authorities and online platforms.

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