Fake Shopping Apps Are Hard To Spot-Here Is How You Can Spot Them

November 14, 2016

Technology appears to be moving faster than store putting out Christmas merchandise on their shelves and that is giving criminals a chance to scam you faster than Santa delivering presents on Christmas!  IT all revolves around those handy apps for your phone.  Nearly every online store has one and even traditional brick-and-mortar stores have developed one to enhance your shopping experience. But take caution when download these apps as some appear to be legitimate but are as fake as a $10 coach bag. There are hundreds of counterfeit shopping apps and most are very hard to distinguish between the real one and the fake.  As Apple and Google take down fake apps immediately, the sheer volume of new apps is overwhelming and a few sneak through.  So it is up to you to make sure you are getting the real app.  But how do you know?  Check to see who published the app. Be careful, though, scammers will use similar names; such was the case for Overstock.com (real) and Overstock Inc (fake). Check the reviews in Apple's App Store and Google's Play store. A real app will likely have thousands of (hopefully positive) reviews, while a fake one will likely have zero. Look at the publish date. A fake app will have a recent publish date, while the real one will have an "updated on" date. For example, that fake Overstock app was only published on October 26 of this year. Beware of apps that promise shopping discounts. Sound too good to be true? It probably is. When in doubt, visit a store's website in your browser and look for an icon or button that reads "Get our app." This will take you to the App Store or Google Play store where you can download the correct app.

SOURCE: CNET

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