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Phony retail sites only scam, warns Better Business Bureau

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According to the Better Business Bureau, sites with the name overstock are fake and scam online shoppers.
These sites are not affliated with the legitimate site overstock.com.

A number of phony websites have appeared using variations of the name of a legitimate site – overstock.com – some of which illegally use the BBB logo.

These include:

  • overstockpromosales.com
  • overstockclearanceoutlet.com
  • overstockcloseoutsale.com
  • clearanceoverstock.com
  • overstockitems.org
  • overstocksummersale.com
  • overstockcountlessdeals.com
  • overstockblackfriday.com

These sites ask for payment by Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid card, and offer only an email address for contact information.

Better Business Bureau has taken action to prevent sites like these from unauthorized use of its logo.
Purchasers are urged to research a business, charity or website at www.bbb.org to check their reputation before making a purchase.

Also, on the rise is theft via classified ads. Consumers who sell belongings on classified ad and auction sites should beware of phony payment “receipts.”

The thieving buyer’s aim is to get the seller to ship an item without paying. In a typical scenario, the buyer offers to pay by PayPal, and sends a phony but authentic-looking PayPal email notice. The email contains a link to enter a shipping confirmation number, supposedly to enable a transfer of PayPal funds to the seller’s account. The link leads to a fake PayPal site that encourages the seller to log-in, the buyer captures the login and password and empties the account.

Online consumers can find additional warnings at www.bbb.org.

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