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Avoid these 3 dangerous online shopping scams

Avoid these 3 dangerous online shopping scams

Last year, PwC did a survey of 19,000 consumers and found that while online shopping is popular, it hasn't replaced brick-and-mortar retailers just yet. In a given week, 40 percent of consumers will shop and buy in a retail store versus just 27 percent online. Click here for seven awesome tips and tricks to streamline your online shopping.

While everyone agrees online shopping is convenient, many consumers don't want shipping fees, want to pick up the item immediately or see it in person before buying, or like to support local businesses. However, one of the biggest factors was security.

While plenty of people are worried about a retailer losing their credit card information in a data breach, there have been very few data breaches of major online retailers. A bigger worry is hackers using retail tools to trick you. We're not just talking about fake product reviews that persuade you to buy low-quality products.

Real scammers are out there trying to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers and personal information. They've got some seriously good tricks and don't give up easily. Before you fire up your browser for an online shopping spree, here are three big scams you'll run into. Don't spend another dime online before you read this!

1. Too-good-to-be-true coupons

The web is filled with great coupon sites that can shave hundreds off your shopping bill each year. Click here for the best coupon sites to save you money.

However, you need to watch out for coupon deals that seem too good to be true. A common online scam involves websites that lure you in with coupons for popular items like a new iPad or the hot toy of the season.

These fake coupon sites will ask for lots of personal information, including your credit card information and address. If scammers get these details, they can easily start racking up charges in your name.

Don't fall for this scam. Look for red flags, including misspellings and multiple pop-up windows, that are dead giveaways for a scam site. Stick to big-name online retailers and use safe payment systems like PayPal, Amazon Payments, Apple Pay or Android Pay.

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